Move, Learn & Explore with WinterKids: The Water Cycle + Ice Cube Painting

Move, Learn & Explore with WinterKids: The Water Cycle + Ice Cube Painting

Move, learn and explore with us!

It’s the perfect time of year to learn about the water cycle and explore ice! This fun and refreshing activity is great for a warm summer day. In this activity, children will develop an understanding of the water cycle as they sing and move along to a song, read stories, and observe water changing from a liquid to a solid, and from a solid back to a liquid.

These ideas can be adapted and used in a home setting or classroom setting.

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MOVE: Song & Movement, “Water Is Water”

by Emily Arrow

One of the best ways to engage little learners is through music and movement! Not only do music and movement make learning more fun, they also can make a great impact on vocabulary development, and give educators a way to teach to the whole child (mental, physical, social, emotional.) (Palmer, 1983)

We love how children’s musician Emily Arrow has turned Water Is Water, a wonderful book about the water cycle, into a delightfully catchy song. In this music video, Emily also teaches movements that support a fundamental understanding of the water cycle.

Listen, move, and sing along! (Be prepared for replay requests!)

Find more from Emily Arrow:

More info about the benefits of music and movement for children: https://www.happalmer.com/Files/Music%20and%20Movement.html

LEARN: Story Time

These are two fantastic children’s books that present the fundamentals of the water cycle in an engaging and beautiful way. As you read, children will learn that water can be in different forms, develop their vocabulary for this topic, and begin to understand the concept of the water cycle as they connect their personal experiences and observations to the stories. At the end of each book there is a section with more information about the water cycle and water conservation.

Water is Water

Written by Miranda Paul, Illustrated by Jason Chin

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Hey, Water

Written and Illustrated by Antoinette Portis

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Explore: Ice Cube Painting

In this activity, children will observe water changing from a liquid to a solid, and from a solid back to a liquid. They will also have the opportunity to experiment with mixing colors.

Printables

Download and print our ice cube painting activity guide to get started!


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WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

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FY2021

With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

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FY2020

We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.