Freeze and Sort - FamilyEducation

Freeze and Sort

July 31,2011
Craftivity Corner
Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher who now spends her days learning with her 3-year-old son and baby daughter. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two children.

Have you noticed your 3 year old lining things up, putting all the police cars in one spot, all the garbage trucks in another? Sorting is a really natural thing to do but it's also an important pre math skill for young kids. I give my son ample sorting opportunities and try to slip in other experiences as well. IN this activity we talked about ice, temperature and what happens when ice melts. All while sorting colors! Super fun.

You will need a try or dish with dividers, a small tub, some tongs ( our cheap ones broke half way through so we grabbed our back up pair), some re-usable ice cubes and some real ice cubes.

Pinch and sort.

Explore- we explored which felt cooler on your hands, then your lips. The ice was cooler. We also explored why the ice got his hand wet but the re-usable ice did not.