Playing with ice is a simple, inexpensive and stimulating sensory learning activity. It is an engaging activity on its own but I added a couple of little twists in order to help promote our language learning objectives and to add more dimensions of experimentation and discovery. It was a hit, I know your children will enjoy it too!
It was a long weekend in Canada so we were out of town, arriving home only last night. This is an activity we did last week from the Transportation activity plan from Reaching Roses; it was mildly focused on planes but included all four of our weekly vocabulary words. Next week we will begin with a new activity plan (all about vegetables).
Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)
This week’s Theme: Transportation
Activity Description: Frozen Fun (sensory): Take some toy planes (and other modes of transportation), place them in a container with some water and put them in the freezer ; if desired, add food colouring. Your baby can help you do this. Once frozen, place the ice into a warm bath, water table or wading pool and let your baby explore the properties of ice. Watch as they try to figure out what happens as the ice melts (and if you added food colouring, they will marvel at the diffusion of colour).
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Cognitive
Specific Skill: Experimentation and discovery
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 19 months + 3 weeks
Part One – Icing the planes (and other modes of transportation)
1. It’s was a rainy day so we did a lot of lead up to this. We read books, we pretended to be trains, planes, cars and boats (moving quickly and slowly – emphasizing the activity plan’s secondary vocabulary), we did transportation puzzles and we sang songs!
2. We put our transportation toys into coloured water (while wearing dress-up hats), placed them into the freezer and waited…..
Part Two – Playing with ice! (We did this part on a hot, sunny day but you could easily do it in a bath tub).
- Looking at the ice! Since they took part in making the ice, they were so excited when I took it out of the freezer to show them. I heard them saying, “WOW”, “cold ice” and “car stuck”.
- Place the iced vehicles into warm water! They were so excited by the diffusion of colour and were trying to catch it or grab it with their hands (learning that this is not possible)
- Play, experiment, discover!
As you can see, adding colour and freezing something into the ice adds extra layers of discovery and learning opportunities for ice-play. Try it with your little one!