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Making giant ice balls with our friends BestStart Educare!

Making giant ice balls with our friends BestStart Educare!
Victoria Breckon
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Budding Scientists at play

Bright Ideas for Young Minds is a beautiful book written by our friends at BestStart Educare, full of low to no-cost experiences and activities to help spark you and your child’s imaginations. 

Bright Ideas for Young Minds is written by over 100 of BestStart's early childhood educators. Every activity has its own page and a full page photo to illustrate it. Guaranteed to provide many an afternoon with delight and wonder, Bright Ideas for Young Minds is an essential tool in your parenting toolkit.

At Kids at Home we love messy play with educational benefits! So lets make some 'Giant Ice Balls'.

Things you will need: 

  • Balloons
  • Dye or food colouring
  • A jug/bowl of water or kitchen tap
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Salt 
  • A freezer

How to do it: 

Help your child to fill a balloon with water by stretching the opening of the balloon onto the spout of the tap. Turn the tap on just a little and fill until the balloon is the size of a large grapefruit. If your child would like a coloured ball, mix two or three drops of dye or food colouring into the balloon using a funnel. Tie a knot in the balloon to seat it. Repeat until you have a few. Freeze the balloons. 

The next day, help your child peel the balloon covering off the frozen ice balls to reveal orbs of ice. Your child will love to feel their weight and freezing temperature. Place the ice balls on a flat surface (outside on the grass may be best or inside an old towel on a tray). Carefully sprinkle a teaspoon of slat on each ice ball. Watch and listen as the ice balls make small splitting sounds, crack and begin to melt in front of your eyes. As cracks appear in the ice ball, carefully drip dye into these cracks, allowing the dye to travel into different areas of the ice balls, creating new patterns. 

This is a great oppportunity to ask your child open-ended questions: What are you seeing? What do you think is happening to the ice? Why is it melting? What is happening to the food colouring when it is added to the ice? 

What learning is ocurring? 

  • Basic scientific concepts - freezing and melting
  • Basic science skills - conducting an experiement, giving feedback
  • Language and communication
  • Sensory - sight, sound and touch

Bright Ideas for young minds is available in store at your local PaperPlus or Whitcoulls. 



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