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Sunlight Warms the Earth Activity for Kids
Ice Melting Race DIY
- Duration: 45 minutes
- Difficulty: Easy
- Cost: $0 to $5
Compare how fast ice cubes melt in the sun vs. in the shade.
- 2Plastic containers or ice cube trays
- 2Small plastic toys
- 1Cardboard box
- 2Paper plates
- 1Fill up two containers with equal amounts of water.
- 2Place a small plastic toy in each container.
- 3Ask an adult to help you freeze the container overnight.
- 4Place the frozen blocks on paper plates.
- 5Place one plate in the sun, and another inside the shade of a cardboard box.
- 6Observe for a few hours.
How It Works
Sunlight warms the blocks of ice which results in the ice melting. Melting is when something turns from a solid to a liquid. The blocks of ice that were shaded from the sun melted more slowly than the block of ice that was in direct sunlight. This is because sunlight warms things up.