Thursday, 28 April 2011


Middle son has spent a fair amount of time over the last few weeks making a "freezer." The idea was his alone and there have now been several versions and many, many ice cubes used. He has done all the work-I've contributed the materials only.

Version 1:

A large box covered in foil-the ice cubes melted fast leaving a wet floor and soggy box.

Middle son wasn't happy with this attempt and so worked on

Version 2:

A smaller box again covered with foil but filled with insulation aka as shredded paper and over this a layer of foil:

He covered the outside with more paper and shreddings
This version kept ice cubes from melting for one and half hours. He is now working on the version 3 with an insulated lid and thicker insulation.

It will be a fair time before this design is up to keeping next week's dinner frozen but I've been really impressed by his work on this and also his interest in how "real" freezers work which has sprung from this.


  1. What a fabulous example of play-based learning! I love the whole process of experimentation and how absorbed he is in creating his freezer.

  2. Wonderful hands-on learning! Blessings!

  3. That is so neat. He would get along well with one of my sons who is always doing things like that:)

  4. Trial and Error :) I love how he keeps trying new ideas -- sticking with it!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  5. What a creative son you have. Love that he keeps experimenting until he gets the result hes looking for. How AWESOME!