Inspired by the success of Project Earth, we did Project Water with my son. As usual, first we went to the Dollar Store. There we picked up all kinds of water creatures: fish, octopus, turtles, snakes, etc… We also picked up a couple of bright hairy monsters.
At home, we stuck our treasures in a plastic box and covered them with ice. Before we did anything else to this project, my son played with the toys, covered in ice cubes and it amused him greatly. Then, I added water to the box. Attempting to make the thing more sophisticated, I also added some finger paint.
Then we stuck the project in the freezer, overnight. The next morning, my son couldn’t wait to see what happened to Project Water. When he saw that it became Project Ice, he got really interested in its smooth feel and its coldness.
He tried to get the toys out of the frozen tub. He kept using his brain and must have come up with five different ways of how to get the toys out. Eventually, he succeeded and pulled one of the monsters out. He then preceded to give this monster a “bath” in an icy tub. I’ve never seen him enjoy expensive toys as much!
When the ice became water again, he played with this project for a few more hours. finally, I dumped the red water out and added the clear water and we froze the thing again. it felt like new to my son! This water/ice box gave us countless hours of play and learning opportunities.
What are some fun/creative things you do with your kids?