The super quick and easy ice excavation is an excavation style that is often overlooked and underrated. With just a little imagination, this activity can really entertain and educate in countless scenarios.
All you need are some ice trays or containers, items to be excavated, some tools with which to excavate your super easy ice excavation and a little creativity.
1. Ice trays - Nowadays the sky is the limit when it comes to ice trays. A simple set of the cube shaped trays are easy to find at your local dollar store. For those looking for something a little fancier, you can find silicon ice trays online in pretty much any shape you can imagine. For example, you can find really cute dinosaur shaped ice trays that you could use to create dinosaur ice age excavations!
2. Containers - Do not feel limited to simply using ice trays. Pretty much any container that can hold water and freeze without cracking or breaking will work. You can use little small plastic bowls or even large containers to create mega excavations! For these larger excavations, you could freeze the items in separate layers so they do not all settle at the bottom.
Pro tip: You can also make frozen water balloon excavations. Just add your items to the balloon making sure not to puncture the balloon. Fill with water. Tie the end and freeze. You can even add a little food coloring to the water to add even more fun!
3. Items - As with all our excavation tutorials, you can pretty much pick whatever you want to go into your excavation. You could use fun little plastic polar bears, penguins, seals and so forth to make a fun glacier excavation.
Our Outrageous Rocks Excavating Adventure contains an awesome assortment of rocks that have super cool, weird, and down right strange properties and characteristics. One of the rocks is pumice which actually floats. An awesome easy ice excavation would be to freeze some pumice in ice. The ice excavations could then be dropped in warm water and the participant would be in awe as the ice melts away and the pumice rock continues to float!
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4. Tools - As with most excavations, you will need tools or some way to excavate the item hidden inside. As mentioned above, warm water that isn't too hot to injury participants could be used to reveal items from the ice. You could also use straws or pipets to drip warm water on the ice or a small hammer and chisel to safely and gently chip away at the ice excavation. Be sure to use goggles to protect those eyes! A spray bottle filled with warm water is another great way to excavate your easy ice excavation.
Pro tip - Add a little food coloring to the ice to give it some character. Just be sure that wherever the excavation melts is stain proof so the food coloring does not cause any damage.
The easy ice excavation is a super simple, inexpensive, and fun way to utilize the excavation concepts of discover, identify, and collect to inspire and teach. You are only limited by your imagination so have fun and get freezing.
The kiddos will love this activity on a warm summer day and the easy ice excavation makes a great activity to use in homeschool lessons. It is also an inexpensive classroom activity for all those amazing teachers out there that are looking for ways to convey important concepts to eager young minds!
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Snowflake obsidian gets its name and patterns from cristobalite (a type of quartz) inclusions formed in the obsidian as it hardens.