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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ice Cube Experiment and Activities for Elementary Students

Here is a fun and simple winter game to play in your primary classroom.  It works well as a brain break movement activity, for indoor recess, or as a social interaction activity. 

Keep scrolling and you will find more ice cube activities for math, science, language arts, and art.

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I am not sure where this game originated, but I do know it is a student favorite!  

"Who Has the Ice Cube?"  

Step 1: 

The students sit in a circle.  

Step 2: 

You will need one baggie of ice cubes.  

Step 3: 

Choose one student to be Jack Frost.  

Step 4: 

The student (Jack Frost) goes to the center of the circle and hides his eyes.  The remaining students pass the bag around the circle while music is playing.  

Step 5: 

When the music stops, the students stop passing the ice cubes.  

Step 6: 

Jack Frost tries to guess who has the ice cubes.  The student with the ice cubes  becomes Jack Frost. 

Step 7: 

The game is then repeated.  


Want to help your students learn content while playing this game?

To tie in subject area content, the student must answer a question before become Jack Frost.  Task cards work well for this. Scroll down for some printable cards, or click HERE For 140+ free printable resources in our TpT store.

These plastic ice cubes also work well from our Amazon affiliate store as you won't run the risk of leaking water. :)
reusable plastic ice cubes


Here are some more activity ideas with a bag of ice cubes:


1. Ice Cube Math

Provide each student with a baggie of ice cubes.

Have them count the number of ice cubes and represent the quantity using numbers and basic mathematical operations.

Create addition or subtraction word problems based on the ice cube count.

2. Time and Temperature

Discuss the concept of time and temperature.

Ask students to predict how long it will take for the ice to melt and note the time it starts.

Record the temperature changes during the melting process.


3. Melting Rates Experiment:

Observe and record the melting rates of ice cubes at different room temperatures.

Discuss factors influencing melting rates, such as heat sources or insulation.

4. States of Matter:

Introduce the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) using the ice as an example.

Have students describe and illustrate the changes in the baggie as the ice melts.

Language Arts:

5. Descriptive Writing:

Encourage students to write descriptive paragraphs about the ice and its transformation into water.

Emphasize the use of adjectives and vivid language to enhance their descriptions.

6. Sequencing Story:

Have students create a step-by-step sequence of the ice melting process.

Use transitional words to guide the reader through the stages.


7. Ice Sculptures:

Allow students to use the ice as a sculpting medium.

Encourage them to create small ice sculptures using their hands or safe sculpting tools.

8. Watercolor Ice Art:

Use the melting ice as a watercolor medium on paper.

Discuss color mixing and blending as the ice melts onto the paper.


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