States of Matter – Melting

This afternoon we have been spending time talking about matter. Now my kids already know a lot about this subject, but I really wanted to bring something fun to the table so that they would remember it. I have a love for science and the arts, and when I can bring the two together, I enjoy it even more.

We learned that matter is all around us – solid, liquid and gas, so everything we see, touch and breathe is matter! The arrangement of atoms determines whether a substance is a solid, a liquid or a gas.

With that being said, today we did an activity around two of these substances and that was solid and liquid.

For this activity you need the following:

  1. Stretched Canvas Panel
  2. Crayons (bright colours look best)
  3. Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  4. Heat Tool

I began be preparing the canvases with a little vinyl lettering, this is not essential at all, it’s just something that I wanted to do. My kids then took it in turns to hot glue their crayons onto the top of their canvases. Once the crayons were in place they took it in turns to melt the crayons with the heat tool! That is it!!! It was really that simple, but so, so effective. Both my kids loved this activity and I love their finished pieces. My kids are older so they totally got the concept, but we emphasised the fact matter changed from one phase to another with the addition of heat energy. The liquid then changed back to a solid once the heat energy was removed.

I posted both my kids’ work as one decided to put the crayons on randomly and the other followed the rainbow. I love how they both turned out!

Thanks for looking! 🙂

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