During one of our afternoon circle times we were discussing the weather and the very cold temperatures outside.  They have really missed our outdoor play and don’t quite get our concerns for safety with the icy conditions.

We were discussing how the snow melts and came up with a variety of reasons as well as ways to help it along.  We put a few of these ideas to a test and watched snowballs melt.

We used a measuring cup to keep the snowballs uniform and left one alone to melt. The children thought that if we poured hot chocolate on the snow it would help it melt however we substituted hot water.  During our circle the day before we talked about parents salting their sidewalks so we put coarse salt on the third snowball.

All seemed to enjoy checking the snowballs every fifteen minutes and yes hot chocolate would be the fastest!