Melting Icebergs

I’ve wanted to start doing more science activities with Caden so I ordered this book called Science is Simple by Peggy Ashbrook (affiliate link) to help me guide Caden in simple science activities. So far I really like the science book I got. It was written specifically for teaching science lessons to preschoolers. Each unit has several lessons which build upon each other to give children more opportunities to learn. The lessons are very simply written and include a clear objective for what the children should learn and a “What to Talk About” section with questions to ask your child to guide their understanding. The units are broken up into sections starting with a “Science Table” activity for the children to explore as much as they want, a “To Get Ready” section with ideas on how to talk about the topic throughout the day, several lessons, ideas for books to read related to the topic, as well as “Follow-Up Activities”. 

Since it is winter time I decided to start with the “What is Melting?” unit. The objective for this unit is for Caden to learn that heating a solid will change it into a liquid and that is called melting. I started with the science table activity and Caden was involved from the start to the end of this activity.

Melting Icebergs, Hands-on Preschool Science | Stir the Wonder

First Caden helped me make “icebergs”. I used a large measuring cup and lined it with a gallon size freezer bag. I then filled it with water as Caden watched. To make this activity more interesting I had Caden add some glitter, blue food coloring and small Arctic animals before freezing our icebergs. We made one large iceberg with a gallon size freezer bag and two smaller icebergs using plastic sandwich bags. 

Patiently waiting to get started.

Patiently waiting to get started.


Dumping in the glitter! The more the better, right?

Examining the glitter

Examining the glitter

A couple of days later I pulled the now frozen icebergs out of the freezer and Caden explored them in the kitchen sink full of water. I initially wanted to use our water table for this activity, but decided to save myself the mess and do it in the kitchen sink. If it had been warmer out I would have used the water table outside. 


While Caden played and explored the “icebergs” I pointed out that the ice is a solid and that the water is a liquid. I asked him questions like “What is happening to the ice?” and “Is it melting?”. 

Caden had fun trying different ways to melt the ice. He poured cups of water on the “icebergs”, ran warm water over the “icebergs” and use the kitchen sprayer to spray the “icebergs” to help them melt and to free the little animals that were hidden inside. 


Melting a hole into the ice with running water

Examining the hole

Examining the hole

Trying out the kitchen sprayer

Testing out the kitchen sprayer

Caden enjoys playing with water and ice so he had a really good time with this activity! He even tried it again with Daddy the next day since we had an extra “iceberg”. He loved watching the ice melt down the drain. 

A close examination of a small piece of ice.

A close examination of a small piece of ice.

Showing me the last piece of ice!

Showing me the last piece of ice!

I’m not sure how much of this lesson Caden understood, but I plan to continuing talking about solids, liquids and melting over the next week. Maybe we will do this activity again and see if he notices that the water in the sink turns blue because of the melting ice! And of course we will do another melting activity from the book to build on this experience! 

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17 thoughts on “Melting Icebergs”

  1. Sarah says:

    Love it! Never thought about using our sink and sprayer like that! Liam would love it!

  2. Wow, this sounds like a great book! I don’t think Kay understands much about the science of things we do either, but in my opinion just exposing them to it is a plus. Looks like he had a great time with the melting icebergs – glitter was a great touch!

  3. This is such a fun idea, not to mention – free! thanks for sharing!

  4. Sugar Aunts says:

    Love this! We’re featuring your post tomorrow on Share It Saturday over at Sugar Aunts. Thanks for linking up!

  5. Jill says:

    What a fun activity for kids. I love that it is free and that kids learn through playing in water, which is a real treat, what kid doesn’t want to play in the sink with the sprayer?!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  6. Victoria says:

    Great science experiments! Look like a blast!! Thank you for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Spot last week! You are featured as one of my favorites this week 🙂

  7. I love these simple at home experiments and ice is great what ever time of the year.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots last week. Just letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

  8. This is really adorable!! Thanks for sharing it!

  9. Science is always fun for little ones, and right now is perfect for ice science!

  10. Andrea says:

    Thanks for sharing! This looks like a lot of fun – I know my daughter would love it! I’m pinning this to come back to when we make it to Antarctica on our “Around the World” journey. 🙂

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