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STEM Storytime – Salt and Ice

Snowball in child's gloved hand
Snowball in child's gloved hand
1.00 PM ET
Who should attend?
Early Years, K, 1, 2, 3

Join Let's Talk Science Outreach to read Adam Wallace's book, "How to Catch a Yeti" and complete a hands-on science activity about melting ice!

In this activity, students are going to make rainbow snowballs using everyday household materials! As we make these beautiful creations, we will discuss the different phases of water - liquid, solid, and gas. Why are they different? Why does salt melt ice?

For this activity, students will need:

  • Bowls or dishes (for making the ice - must be done prior to session)
  • A large tray with sides
  • Salt
  • Liquid watercolors or food coloring
  • Droppers or a spoon

Students must make their ice ahead of time. They will take their ice blocks out of their bowls and place them on a tray. They will then add their salt to the top of their ice dome, followed by colouring using their dropper or spoon, and observe what happens to the ice. Adding different colours will create a rainbow effect as the ice melts from the salt.

Please join us for our weekly STEM Storytime series on Tuesdays at 1pm ET in English! For each week that you participate in a STEM Storytime live event, you’ll receive an entry in our monthly draw for a $50 gift card to buy books for your classroom! If you cannot make it to a live session, feel free to register and you will be sent a link to the recording afterwards. Automatically generated closed captioning will be provided for live and recorded webinars.

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