Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post on Clare’s Little Tots. I kept getting asked how I created some of the activities I do with the Little Tots so I thought I’d start to share some of our adventures and create a blog.
This morning my Little Tots were really excited to see how our ice decorations had turned out that we made last week. This is a really simple and fun thing to do with all ages and great to show them how things change over time as well as getting outside in the cold fresh air.
Firstly we went on a nature walk to collect lots of different coloured objects such as fallen leaves and flowers, twigs, stones, grass etc and put them in a bag to take home.
They really enjoyed the challenge of finding items of different size and colour without knowing what they were going to be used for yet.
When we got home we found some small tupperware containers and they spent ages deciding what would go in each one.
We then filled them with water, added a loop of ribbon (you could use string, old material or whatever you have lying around) hanging on the outside and put them in the freezer.
I took them out of the freezer about half an hour before we were going outside to make sure they came out easily and then the Little Tots had great fun finding a place to hang them in the garden.
We kept going back out in the garden every hour to see if they were still there and they were fascinated as the leaves and stones started to fall out as the ice started to melt.
This activity was done with a 3 year old, 21 month old and a 13 month old (non walker) and they all got something out of it. Even for very young ones this is great for them to be able to feel the different textures of what you collect as well as the feel of water and ice.
This is definitely something I will do again with my other minded children as its great fun and best of all free!
More Ice Fun:
If you’re little ones loved this icy fun why not try
- A fun Frozen themed Sensory Bin with blue ice cubes
- Free Minibeasts or dinosaurs in ice for some fun exploration in ice melting
- Or how about a whole sensory bing filled with Glittery Ice Cubes?
Areas of Learning:
- Communication and language: New language (ice, freezing), questioning why things happen and giving explanations, using language to share experiences and thoughts
- Physical development: Running safely on whole foot, picking up small objects between thumb and fingers.
- Personal, social and emotional development: Playing alongside others.
- Maths: Counting out items, understanding some talk about immediate past and future, making arrangements with shapes and objects.
- Understanding the world: Noticing detailed features of their environment, asking questions about aspects of the world, talking about things they observed such as plants and naturally found objects.
- Expressive arts and design: Beginning to be interested and describe the texture of things.