Winter science in preschool

While I prefer to stay inside by a cozy fireplace during the freezing cold days of winter, our students prefer to be outside digging up chunks of ice. So after zipping up coats, struggling to put fingers in the right holes of their gloves, and putting on boots, the children are ready to go outside and hunt for ice.

On this day, the ice was kind of slim pickins’ because it had warmed up a bit and much of it was melting. But the children managed to find a table that had chunks of ice just right for exploration.

Before heading back inside, the children gathered up as many chunks of ice they could carry with them.

The children set their ice on trays and went to work melting the ice with their own mixtures of salt and water.

Some of the ice had small pieces of leaves or sticks frozen in the middle which created additional interest and conversation as the children studied their ice.

The children poured salt on the ice, dipped their ice in cups of water, and chipped away at the ice to see what would happen.

How the children chose to examine and explore their own ice was entirely up to them. The children had a lot of questions and observations in the process – “Does water melt the ice?” “Mine melted faster because it’s the smallest.” “This ice floats in the water!”

For our young scientists, the exploration of ice was an engaging and fascinating process!

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By |2017-01-12T01:14:06+00:00January 12th, 2017|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jess January 21, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

    I love your classrooms! Are they in your home?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 21, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      They are in a building on my property next to my home:)

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