As part of color investigation, this week we tried out ice cube paints. I froze some crayola washable tempera, mixed with a little water, into cubes. I then offered the children some strips of white cotton fabric (a cut up sheet).
We decided to use these as a part of our letter writing project, so the children chose who their picture was going to be for, and then dictated a message for them.
We weighted the fabric on the ground with some rocks and then the children were offered the ice cubes to explore.
It was such a fun experiment as the interaction with the ice cubes changed as they started to melt (it was a HOT day!).
“OOOH, it’s too cold to touch!” one child exclaimed, and then wrapped an ice cube in a leaf.
“It wets my hand,” another said, “and makes it all blue”
“Oh look, it’s melting” a child noticed. She had left an ice cube on her fabric and was watching to see what it would do.
I am going to reintroduce these again next week to see how the exploration develops.