Ice. The biggest bag (or 2) of ice you can buy.
A large bucket (optional really...it would be fun to just dump it on the ground too)
An open mind (to listen to what other supplies the children deem necessary for exploring a mound of ice)
Take note: the kind of ice just might matter. I was fortunate enough to have bought a bag of ice that had a perfect hole in the middle of each piece. Why does this seemingly small detail matter? Read on....
Ella left the ice for a moment only to return with a blade of grass from my landscaping. The long, ornamental grass. Hmmmmm......what on earth....?
1) Trial and error. I encouraged the children to please pick up grass that was already on the ground, leave the standing up grass to continue to grow. Well...the stuff on the ground was sometimes dry, and therefore brittle. So a new word was introduced to their vocabularies, and patience was tried as they continued to try blade after blade before succeeding!
2) Weight. They had fun creating necklaces that would both hold, and that would break. There was something awesome about the falling and shattering chunks of ice!
3) Math. They would challenge each other to try to find a blade of grass that would hold THREE ice cubes...then FOUR...etc.
This winter we had used hammers inside to break frozen balloons full of treasure. So the obvious thing to want to do to these chunks of ice was...hammer them!!
|Among all the learning going on by simply hammering ice, my favorite is eye-hand coordination! Both to make sure they |
miss the toes AND hit the ice!
Another successful morning of learning and exploring. A morning of self-esteems soaring and turns being taken. All because of plopping ice and stepping back. I gave no direction, just simply emptied the ice into the bucket, grabbed the camera and opened my mind to their ideas!