On a hot day we decided to see the water cycle in action. Our supplies were simple: a cup of water, a cup of ice, a bowl of water, and several paintbrushes. We headed outside and set up our test station on the front steps. My son splashed the water onto the front step, and placed the ice cubes nearby.
We periodically checked in and noted how the water evaporated, and how the ice first melted and turned to water, and then evaporated, leaving the front step dry. While the ice and water were doing their thing, we continued our water fun by “painting” the steps, the house, and the door with water, and noting how quickly it evaporated on such a hot day. We attempted tic tac toe, but the water kept evaporating before we finished!
My 4 year old has been learning to write, and painting with water was a good way for him to practice shapes and letters without worrying about forming them perfectly.
The baby joined in on the action by playing with the ice cubes. He enjoyed feeling the chill of the ice, and splashing some water around. He even got in a little water painting action. Or, at least, brush tasting action!