When I was pulling up the old activities using ice, I realized that I never posted this last summer (I took a LONG break back then!). These photos are from this past summer. This is a great outdoor activity but a few simple adaptations can easily bring this activity inside during the winter months and actually works well with a winter theme.
(I honestly just copied this post from the one I wrote for our private family blog last summer. I made very few adjustments – in italics – which is why it sounds like I’m writing from the perspective of summer…. I was!)
J’s homemade water “table” is still one of his favorite activities of the summer. A few days ago we made yellow and blue ice cubes together. This is an activity all in itself and a great way to teach the process of freezing. Let them fill the tray using a scooper or a medicine dropper to include some fine motor skill practice! He’s been patiently waiting to play with them since.
He first separated the ice cubes into bowls by color and chose to make blue water first. I filled the tray with a small amount of water (just make sure the tray is white/clear so you can easily see the water change colors as the ice melts). He really enjoys scooping and stirring the ice cubes, letting them melt in his hands,… **Use this step to utilize motor skill practice with tongs or different size (and length) scoopers or spoons.** I’m surprised at how long a little ice can entertain! When he moved onto the yellow ice cubes I asked him which color the water (currently blue) would become and he of course guessed yellow. I told him it was going to be a surprise that he’d have to wait and see. He wasn’t convinced the water was actually green until the very end when there was no denying it. He was sure it should be either blue or yellow!