Fun Ice & Water Activities for Kids!
There is a lot to learn about water. Water is important, it is everywhere around us, in fact, water covers more than half of the Earth's surface. Water is necessary for all living things on Earth to survive and is used in countless ways on a daily basis. There are many fun and interesting things to learn about and experiment with when it comes to water.
The Water Cycle
Grab yourself a glass of water and take a look at it. Do you know how old the water you are looking at is? All the water on Earth has been around as long as the Earth itself. That means that the water in your glass was around when dinosaurs walked the Earth. Earth has a limited amount of water and that water gets constantly recycled in what we call the water cycle. The water cycle is made up of a few things: evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, and collection. Evaporation happens when water heats up and turns into steam or vapor. That steam or vapor then travels into the air. Transpiration is the process in which plants lose water from their leaves, similar to when a person sweats. Transpiration helps out in the process of evaporation. Once water vapor is in the air it gets cold again and changes back into a liquid where it is stored in clouds, this is called condensation. Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed and is being stored in clouds that they cannot hold it anymore. The water then falls back to the Earth in the form of rain, snow, sleet, or hail. The final step in the water cycle is collection. When water falls back to the Earth as precipitation it will collect in lakes, rivers, oceans, and will even soak into the Earth and become ground water or feed plants. The cycle then starts all over again.
Water in 3 States
Water exists in various states. In order to understand this you should know a little about the states of matter. Matter is a term that refers to everything around us. Everything in the world is made up of matter and all matter is made up of atoms. Matter is classified into three different categories or states. Those three states are solid, liquid, and gas, and are referred to as the states of matter. Some types of matter such as water have the ability to change states. Water can change states as it changes temperature. Water in its solid state is ice, and ice is very cold. When ice begins to warm up it will melt, turning into its liquid state. When that water becomes very hot it will evaporate, turning into a gas.
Due to the fact that the Earth has a limited supply of water it is important to use it wisely. When you conserve water you are helping the environment. There are things you can do every day that will help to conserve water.
Water is a fun and fascinating substance and there is lots that can be done with it. From water and ice activities to experiments, and fun recipes there is much to learn about water.
Water & Ice Activities & Experiments
Fun Water & Ice Recipes