Cold as Ice
cold, defrost, freeze, frozen, icy, melt, solid, transform
Craft or wooden sticks
Paper cups or ice pop molds
Tell your child, "Today we're going to make a frozen dessert—a delicious, icy treat! What flavor should we make? Talking about what you are doing before, during, and after the activity will not only help your child learn new vocabulary, but will give him or her practice in following directions and learning simple science concepts.
- Decide what kind of fruit juice you will use. (Apple, cranberry, raspberry juices are all good choices. Try to choose 100% juice to make it healthier!)
- Ask your child what he or she thinks will happen when the juice is put into the freezer. Gently correct your child if necessary and say, "Putting the juice in the freezer until it is frozen will transform it from a liquid to a solid."
- Help your child pour in the liquid into each container. Ask him or her to guess how long it will take to freeze. Remind your child that the freezer door needs to be kept closed or the ice pops might melt or defrost.
- When the juice is slightly frozen or slushy, put the stick in the middle of the cup.
- When the pops are frozen solid, remove and have a pops party! (You can invite your child's favorite doll or stuffed animal to join the party.) As you eat, talk about how the pops taste, feel, and look: "This is delicious—sweet and cold! What flavor should we make next time?"
Experiment with a variety of materials: bananas, fruit yogurt, or pudding. Find out which takes longer to freeze: Bananas or fruit? Yogurt or pudding? Blend in or mix berries to make the pops more chunky. You can also take the ices out before they are completely frozen and stir around. You've got slush!
After you eat, try reading one of these books aloud to talk more about making ice-cold treats.
- Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons
Find out how this favorite food is made, from cow to factory to grocery store.
- Icebergs, Ice Caps, and Glaciers by Allan Fowler
Find out all about ice as it forms on the earth.
- Wemberley's Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henkes
Wemberly is worried that her ice cream cone will make a big mess.