Brr! It’s getting chilly out there, that time of year where suddenly a 60 degree day feels downright warm, if you’ve had a spell in the 40s or 50s. I always marveled at this phenomenon myself as a child, and it was a great prompt to teach Travis about how temperature to our bodies is relative. All you need are three buckets of water. Ready, set, chill!
Fill one bowl or bucket with ice water. Fill a middle bucket with lukewarm water. Fill the third with hot water (make sure to test this one first, so it won’t hurt your child’s skin).
Encourage your child to put one hand in the ice water and one in the hot. Let sit for about 30 seconds, then transfer both hands to the lukewarm water.
They will discover that the ice water hand feels warm now, and the hot water hand feels cooler. Voila, a lesson on relative temperature!