August explored the difference between 'hot' and 'cold' today out in the garden. I filled two plastic tubs - one with hot-ish water and the other with cold water and as much ice as I had in the house! I added some @navybabynz metal parts - you could also use cups and spoons or maybe even toys like animals? If I had polar bears and lots of camels I'd totally do that!! I added food colouring to the water so there was more of a visual difference also. Red and blue often represent hot and cold on things like taps. I left the whole set up on the grass for August to explore. I sat by and watched - adding language about the temperature and what he could FEEL.
I couldn't tell you if he preferred one over the other. He certainly did lots of splashing in the hot water but he was perplexed by the cold and tasted a few of the ice cubes. I poured the different temperatures over his feet for more a whole body experience!!
Can you remember the signs for hot and cold? They're in my highlights under 'feelings' and there's AMPLE opportunity to model them during this activity!!
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