STEAM Saturday – Lego Ice Excavation! (7/29/23)

Lego-man Excavation Experiment

Do you have a budding archeologist at home? If so, we’ve got the perfect, simple STEAM activity from Lemon Lime Adventures to nurture their curiosity! All you need are Legos (preferably Lego people), water, and a freezer container. Your child will have to source other materials from around the house to complete the task at hand.

Lego-man Excavation ExperimentFreeze a Lego (or Lego person) in some water. Then present your mini-archeologist with the following problem:

You are an archeologist looking for fossils. You spot something inside a glacier and want to find out what it is. How will you excavate the fossil from the glacier? What tools will you use? Remember, you have to be careful because fossils are very fragile.

This is a great opportunity for your child to use their critical thinking skills. They will have to get creative if they want to free the fossil without causing damage. Be sure to monitor them for safety purposes, but otherwise, they should have free reign to experiment with different ideas. Maybe they will try to melt the ice with salt or warm water. Maybe they will try to use something in your house as a pick to chip away at the ice. Is there some way to move the ice that would help it to crack or melt?

Perhaps you can have them keep a log so that they can practice the scientific method. They can write down each tool/action they want to try to excavate the fossil, what they think is going to happen, and the results. They can evaluate what works and what doesn’t, how they might change their approach on the next try, etc.

See the full activity from Lemon Lime Adventures HERE!

As always, get as creative as you want, and above all, have lots of fun learning together!

We’ll see you right back here next Saturday for another STEAM Saturday activity!  Scroll through the rest of our website to learn how Critchlow Adkins is Building Brighter Futures for the children and families we serve!

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