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Parenting Matters Spring 17 HIGH RES

The Melting Snowman Young children with curious minds love taking part in simple science experiments to explore the world around them. A very easy and fun activity to develop your child’s understanding of the world is to build a snowman and watch it melt. Make a snowman from scoops of ice cream. You and your child can add arms using twigs and eyes and buttons using raisins, your child might like to use other craft materials to decorate the snowman too. Counting aloud as you add the snowman’s features is a great way to develop your child’s mathematical language. Why not talk about the shape of the snowman too, and see if your child can find other objects of that shape within the home to develop their shape recognition. Then sit back and watch your snowman change. To get older children’s minds really ticking ask them what is happening to the snowman and why. Use key words such as ‘melting’, ‘liquid’ and ‘solid’ to widen your child’s vocabulary and help them to begin to learn about the processes of melting. Things you will need: * Ice Cream * Twigs *Raisins * Timer


Parenting Matters Spring 17 HIGH RES
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