This circle time science activity was such a huge hit with my preschool class I knew I needed to share it with you ASAP. The concepts are super simple, what will happen to the ice cubes in warm and cold water. Will the ice melt faster in one than then other? This science activity doesn’t have to be confined to circle time, it’s a great idea for free choice at preschool too, you’ll just need more ice cubes on hand.
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I always start my circle time with a book and the day we did this circle time science activity this is the book I read:
Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara is another fantastic book that will have you aching for snow. A little boy is lonely after his friends have all gone into hibernation for the winter when Jack Frost shows up. They frolic and play exploring all the fun that winter has to offer friends. But when the first signs of spring arrive Jack is gone. The illustrations are perfectly simple and will suck you into a wintery world that you won’t want to leave. My kids love this book, and after one reading at the library, we bought our own copy.
Gather your materials. You will need some ice cubes, two glass jars with lids, hot water ( from the tap), and cold water.
I was going to write this all out step by step but decided a video would be more effective.
Circle Time Science Activity
How do you bring science into your circle time?
Want more preschool lesson plans and circle time activities? Our Build Preschool Thematic Units have tons of great ideas!