Using Tools and Melting Ice

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In this activity, learners will experiment with different materials that can melt and change ice. Learners will use science process skills such as using tools, making predictions and problem solving as they melt ice. Tips are included to make the activity simpler or more challenging to engage multiple learning levels. This activity is appropriate for ages 0-3 with adult supervision.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
4 to 24 hours

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Ice cube with an item in it
  • Salt
  • Spoon (or other scooper)
  • Dropper
  • Cup of warm water
  • Tray
  • Any other tools you'd like to include


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process


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