Freezing small toys in ice is always a winner and after doing  it in March with Minibeasts I set it up again but this time I put dinosaurs in ice.

This time to make it more fun I added a few drops of green food colouring to the water so we had green ice.

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You will need:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Small tubs
  • Green food colouring
  • Tray

I left them overnight to freeze and then took them out around 15 minutes beforehand so I could remove them from the tubs ready for play.

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I added a jug of warm water and some spoons and set out this simple Invitation to Play in the garden to prevent green water staining my rug!

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The first thing the youngest Little Tot (21m) did was try to eat it, thinking it was some kind of really exciting green dinosaur ice lolly. He soon followed the lead of the other two though by watching them chip away with spoons and add warm water bit by bit until all the dinosaurs were released.

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It wasn’t long before the just poured the whole jug of warm water in to get the ice to melt quicker so they could release the dinosaurs!

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Afterwards they then had fun playing with the green water and using it to create lots of imaginative dinosaur play.

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More Dinosaur Fun:


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Areas of Learning:

  • Communication & Language: Begining to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions, using new words ‘ice’, questions why things happens and gives explanations.
  • Physical Development: Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, uses simple tools to effect changes on materials.
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development: Playing with other children, interested in play of other children and joining in, playing in a group and extending ideas, keeps play going by offering cues to peers to join them.
  • Maths: Counting the number of dinosaurs, talking about shapes.
  • Understanding the World: Playing with small world models, talking about why things are happening (warm water melts the ice), understanding of how things change over time.

Have you got a favourite dinosaur activity your little ones love? We’d love you to share it with us in the comments below.

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