Last week, the Caterpillars and I went for a walk to Tomlinson Park! On the way, we noticed lots of frost! When we arrived at the park we found EVEN MORE FROST, so the Caterpillars decided to investigate! We explored these three questions:
What is frost made of?
What does frost feel like?
Where does frost appear?
Here were some of our discoveries:
“Frost is snow”
“Frost is made of water. I don’t know how it got on my hand!”
“Frost water feels weird! It feels flat”
“There’s frost on leaves! it has sparkles!”
“It looks like ice cream!”
“Frost is on gloves frost and frost is on sticks!”
“There’s frost on a tissue diaper!”
The Caterpillars loved how the frost sparkled in the sunlight! Since the Caterpillars were intrigued by this aspect, I decided to do a salt crystal experiment with them! I gave each Caterpillar a jar that they filled with warm water. Next, they added some salt and mixed it until the salt was all dissolved. Then, they had the option to tie a string around an item and dangle it into the salty water solution!
Most of the Caterpillars had their own plans and decided to add a whole bunch of items into their jar and observe the changes that were happening!
“Mine looks like potion!”
“I smelled it! It smells like candy!”
“My popsicle stick is BIG!”
“There were bubbles when I dropped the rocks!”
“Mine is mixing! So COOL!”
“It’s floating! Now it’s sinking!”
We let their jars sit for a few days before observing the results!
Our experiment was semi-successful! We noticed that the crystals formed on the popsicle sticks and the strings, but not on the items that we placed in the jars!
The Caterpillars were unfazed by their lack of crystals! They continued to investigate the contents of their jars and had a BLAST transporting water from one container to another!
It’s the process, not the product that counts!