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Ice is nice!

Today we did the ice experiment. It was really fun. and some of the conversations were just funny. But then, with three year old children, it always is.

F0r people who have never done the ice project, its really easy and pretty fun as long as you don’t mind freezing dyed water and/or messes. *giggle* Its really only the following:

  • First prepare tables by putting down four towels and placing  trays on each.
  • Put blocks of ice into basins and put a basin on each tray.
  • Put colored water into jars and put eye droppers (pipettes) and jars next to each basin (on the tray).
  • Get a couple of “tunnels” started in the ice blocks, so there will be a place for the colored water to go . (If the children don’t choose to just squirt the water at each other)
  • Add four children, one for each tray  =)

The main goal (since one always has to be stated) is to observe what happens when colored water is added to ice.

Some of the comments were “does it hurt?” “Looks, It lighted up!” And it did look that way. “It looks like that thing at the bottom of the ocean. (coral reef.)

I have to say, “It lighted up!” was my favorite. When the block of Ice was pressed down against the basin, it did look like it was lighting. I had never seen that effect before. Totally cool!

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Water makes it better.

Water play is great for my very wild Porcupine class. But we can’t afford the water toys that all the slick magazines advertise. There is no way we could get a fancy draining water table either. But we are the preschool that can, and nothing stops the porcupines! We solved the issue fast.

First, we went to McDonald and asked them for some trays that they were getting rid of. Then we went to the Dollar tree and stocked up on plastic animals, plastic beads, marbles and such.We also bought four large basins, about the size that fits in the sink. Then we went through the collection of old toys, measuring cups of different sizes, water bottles and like objects. The bead necklaces were cut, so they were all different lengths,varying from 3 beads to half of the necklace.  (maybe 15-20 beads).

Then the fun begins. We set up four places at the table, each with a tray, a towel and a basin of warm water with that days items in it. The items can be everything from  a water bottle, a cup, a handful of glass rocks, shells, pony and troll dolls, the beads,sponges and plastic animals. Sometimes we add extra treats to the water. We may add soap, that they won’t notice till it starts bubbling as they play. Or it may have tinting from dye, either blue, purple, of pink. We don’t use yellow, because it triggers one of the kids with autism, and green stains too much.

We have water!!

I know. Probably doesn’t seem like such a big deal, right? You turn on the faucet and get water that is perfectly safe to drink. Well, for us, not so much. The water at my center was so contaminated that after being filtered three times there were still particles of metal in it. And quite honestly, it looked more like something that belonged in a toilet.

But now we have real clean drinkable water.In all 18 water fountains! Whoo-hoo!!!!!  So we aren’t giving the kidlets lead to drink anymore. Can you say yay??

It also helps with licensing. Because now the drinking fountains aren’t a violation. There are still few of them, but we are in an old building  within another agency that have their own regullations so I can’t fix that ,yet. Don’t worry. I will!

Would you give your toddler or preschooler water that looked like this?

THe water at my children's center. AFTER being run through a filter three times

Don’t adjust your color settings. this is actually what the water at my center looks like.And that’s AFTER it has been filtered three times. Then we boil it, and filter it two more times before boiling it again and a final filtering.

I seriously wish this was a joke. It’s not. Our water contains copper, lead, and trace amounts of other heavy metal particulates and mineral deposits. That’s a very fancy way of saying our water is basically undrinkable. And yes, licensing saw it.But it was waived, since we only use it for projects,never for meals. It is also taken into account that our building was put up in 1907 and hasn’t been renovated since 1969.

Still I think the kids deserve better than something that looks like a cross between toilet water and a science fair project. How many people take for granted that the water from their tap will be drinkable? shouldn’t my kids get that too. It shouldn’t take two hours to get clean water. And then water that still isn’t drinkable.

 

Does it sink or float?

We have been working on whether or not things sink,float or do both.Here are our current lists.

Sinks

  • miss Turtle’s cell phone (by mistake)
  • rocks
  • Cups already filled with water

Floats

  • wooden beads
  • rubber ducky
  • soap
  • empty cups
  • pool noodles

They are still working on the experiment,so I am sure more things will be added to both lists.

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