When one of our friends noticed ice on the climbing equipment last week, he started making thumb imprints on it and noticed the frost disappeared. "It's melting" he exclaimed.
Other children gathered and explored. Later on they had a conversation with a sensitive practitioner who listened to their ideas supported their thinking around the cold weather.
They filled some containers with water to leave out overnight. They added some animals to the water. Then the children talked about what they thought might happen and some said it might turn into ice. They were introduced to the word 'freeze'.
The following day the discovered the ice in the garden and handled it: they noticed how cold it felt on their fingers.
“I need to take it to the hotness… to the sun to melt and get the animals out” one child decided. Some children used spades to crack the ice. A wonderful opportunity to explore early science first hand.