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Melting moments: Using ice to learn about scientific concepts.

The preschool children did a science experiment involving ice and sun vs. shade. This was a way to introduce scientific concepts such as observation, prediction, and testing.

To begin the experiment, children first discussed placing ice in trays and made predictions if the ice would melt faster in the sun or the shade. Some children thought it would melt faster if it had both sun and shade. They helped set out four bowls: some in the sun, shade, and both sun/shade. After spending some time playing, they returned to compare the bowls. Children observed that the ice cubes in the “sun” bowl were smaller, having melted more. They then noticed the bowl in the shade were bigger. They then discussed why the ice cubes melted and some friends shared how the sun was warm which caused the ice cubes to melt faster versus the shade.