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Make a Great Homeschooling Science Project Using Only Ice Cubes

Ready, Scientists? It's time to do an experiment. Today we're going to see how quickly ice cubes melt in different locations around the house.

Before you get the ice cubes from the freezer, there's some prep work for you and your kids to do.

First, you'll want to name each ice cube, so you and your kids can refer to them easily.

So take five or six little bits of scrap paper (those free notepads realtors are always leaving on your doorstep work well), and write a name on each paper. These names really could be anything your child wants: Ice Cube "J" or "giraffe" or "ginger" or even gibberish. As always, you should delegate this writing / art-making task to your kids.

Now you're ready to take five or six ice cubes from the freezer, and have your kids drop each one into a plastic cup, bowl or tupperware. Put each ice cube and its identifying sign in different places around the house. Go for different temperatures and different amounts of light: in the backyard, in the shade, in the coolest, darkest room of your house, etc. 

After ten minutes, have your little scientists check on the progress of each cube. Which ones are the most "melty?" Which are the least?

You can take another piece of paper and record your findings on it.

When we did this in my house, there was a lot of interest and enthusiasm. My kids ran from cube to cube, checking each and yelling out their findings, "Ice Cube Jake is really melted!" "Ice Cube Zaw Zot isn't melted at all!" (What can I say?  My kids were encouraged to come up with their own names for these things.) "The dog is trying to drink Ice Cube Mommy!"

Yes, science is fun and exciting.  Just try to avoid having one of your excited little scientists kick over a melty ice cube onto the living room floor.


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