Here are some fun ideas about how to play with ice as we head into warmer weather!
|-Use candy molds, muffin tins, baby food holders, or recycled food trays to freeze ice into different shapes
-Add food coloring (we learned it’s better to color the water instead of dropping colors directly into cups- this made the ice super dark)
-Add popsicle sticks to make handles for ice cubes
-Add different types of juices or make popsicles!
-Freeze ice in one solid block in a casserole dish with toys suspended in it. Might work best to freeze in several layers
-Add herbs or dried spices- edible flowers would be fun!
-Add frozen berries, peas, corn, or other fixin’s!
-Freeze different colors or juices in layers
-Compare how different liquids freeze (OJ with pulp vs. apple juice, for example)
|-Pour water over ice to melt it. Experiment with hot and cold water. Have your child practice pouring with different pitchers/ cups.
-Sprinkle salt on the ice to melt it (may not be great if your kid loves to taste like mine does!)
-Use forks, spoons, and table knives to dig things out that are frozen in the ice
-Watch how colored ice cubes melt and mix to make new colors
-Use the ice cubes to build a world for plastic animals. Try wetting ice blocks and pressing them together to see if you can get them to stick
-Use tongs, eyedroppers, and/or turkey basters to pick up ice cubes, suck up melted ice and squirt it.
-Use a colander or toy net to scoop up ice cubes and plastic toys in the ice
-Play catch with ice and see if you can catch it even though it’s slippery!