Ice gems

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on February 8, 2014

in Ice Gems, Science and Nature

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Like most of the country, it has been cold here!  We’ve missed several days of school due to snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures.  Last week, we were fortunate enough to have two back to back school days to explore this awesome process that I am going to share with you today.  Yesterday I showed you how we used pipettes to fill egg cartons with colored water.  Well, what I didn’t tell you was that we left the filled egg cartons outside over night and what we found the next morning was pretty spectacular…

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The children were thrilled to open their egg cartons to discover these gorgeous little ice gems…

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We set out a large metal tray on our table, along with some tweezers so that the children could explore their icy little treasures.  The tray helped to contain the water as the ice cubes melted…

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The children used their tweezers and their fingers to pluck their ice gems out of the egg cartons.  Keeping the slippery little gems in the tweezers was quite a feat…

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For some of our children, this was a test of focus and determination.  They were going to get each and every one of those gems out of that tray, no matter what…

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Once the children had their gems out of their tray, they were free to explore them however they chose.  For many, just getting the gems out of the trays was rewarding enough.  But one little guy didn’t stop there.  He stayed with the gems for the longest time!  He was fascinated by the way the melting gems formed rainbows all over the tray…

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He continued to play long after all the other children lost interest.  We got out paintbrushes for him so he could continue to mix and swirls the colors together…

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He gathered all of the gems into a large pile in the middle of the tray and then began sorting them by colors into cups…

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When he ran out of cups he said, “Mrs. Stewart, we need more cups!”  So we gave him more cups!  The gems were melting, of course, but he didn’t care.  There is just something magical about watching a child so invested in his play.  At the end of the day, he was still so enthralled with those gems that he ended up taking all of the leftovers, that hadn’t yet melted, home with him…

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This was a wonderful process for all of the children, but it’s so exciting to see even just one child who finds the process exceptionally meaningful…

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