Something entirely prompted by Ashar this week was a study of freezing and boiling… and she decided to start by asking, “Can we make our own ice popsicles?” We ended up making not only a true “ice popsicle” out of water, but also an orange juice pop, two lemonade pops and an iced tea pop.
Here are our ingredients – including popsicle sticks, press-and-seal to hold the sticks in place, and our drinks, as well as some Crummy Disposable Plastic Cups (all I had to contribute to her spur-of-the-moment idea; they made some weird-shaped pops, but they’re easy to crack to get off the popsicle!)
Ashar poured the liquid into the cups (leaving room for the ice to expand); I helped her cover the tops with press-and-seal, and we cut small slits in the covers to slide the popsicle sticks through.
Into the freezer they went… and we promptly kind of forgot about them for a day or so!
In the meantime, Ashar decided to “play” with boiling water and a pan full of ice. She figured out that ice floats (and I explained why); learned why the ice cracks when you pour hot water onto it; and guessed and then experimented to see which would “win” – whether the ice would make the boiling water cold first, or the boiling water would melt the ice first.
We’re lucky to have a cool-bottomed electric teapot, which allows Ashar to do things like make tea and experiment with hot water without hurting herself on the kettle!
She did all sorts of boiling-freezing-floating-sinking experiments, and we talked about why the different things happened the way they did. We also reenacted the Titanic sinking with an old spray-paint-can lid in the pot of water (THAT was something!)
All in all, she must have spent a few hours discovering new facts about the simplest thing – water – and trying to hypothesize and test what it would do in different situations. I was thrilled… and she was almost entirely self-directed, which was also neat!
And, yes, we ate our popsicles – here’s Ashar with one of the lemonade ones. They tasted pretty good! 🙂
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I LOVE homeschooling on the cheap – but forgot to link this week, so the reminder is incredibly timely and I’ll go do that now 🙂 You rock!!
Such an awesome way to learn! I love self-directed projects like this 🙂
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How fun! Exploring ice and temperature! What a fun summer activity!
Looks like fun! Kids are always so excited about being able to create or “cook” on their own! 🙂