We were nestled in a few days ago on a chilly, drizzly day. The type of day that just makes you sleepy. The type of day absolutely perfect for snuggling little ones while watching a show or two.
While my littlest had his nap, me and my middle-guy were watching a Sid the Science Kid. Quite a cute show.
The episode was all about states of change, and in this little cartoon, the teacher froze some fruit in ice, which the children needed to melt in order to get their fruit.
You best believe we got right on that!
I took a medium size mixing bowl and filled it with water. I then added some fruit that I thought would be okay (texture wise) when frozen and then thawed. We used grapes, strawberries, pineapple, and some melons.
It was neat that some of the fruit sunk and some floated (didn’t notice that on Sid … just saying)
I popped it in the freezer for 24 hours, and then my little scientists got to their exploring.
I left the ice in the bowl on the counter for half an hour or so, and then it dumped out easily into a large tupperware container.
I put a towel down on the kitchen table with the container holding the icy snack, and some tools for melting the ice. A few bowls with hot water, a turkey baster, pastry brush, spatula, ice cream scoop, and some spoons.
The boys enjoyed this activity for a long while! They worked as a team to melt the ice. My role was simply to refill hot water bowls and dump the tupperware container when it got too full.
It didn’t take very long for some of the fruit to be ready to be picked and eaten.
And the result? Grapes, strawberries, and pineapple worked very well. The melons got a bit too squishy (for my taste, the boys still gobbled them down)
This would be a fun snack for a hot afternoon outside too. And could maybe be adapted as a bird feeder in the winter! Oh the possibilities.
Jackie, from Happy Hooligans has a neat ice exploration idea you might like too … rescuing miscellaneous toys from ice blocks … and just wait until you find out how long it kept her little crew busy!
Thank you so much for reading!