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Ice Play – Sensory, Fine Motor Skills & Science Activity | A to Z of Toddler Activities


March 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ A to Z of Toddler Activities,Toys, Books, Activities


Ice Play Activity | Baby & Beyond

Something as simple as an ice cube can be so much fun and provide learning as well! Ice play is the perfect activity to beat the summer heat that’s setting in these days.


Fine Motor Skills:

  1. Fill a bowl with ice cubes and another one with room temperature water. Give the child a variety of instruments to transfer the cubes into the second bowl – I used spoons of all sizes, ice cream scoop, sterilizer tongs and toys from his beach and tool sets
  2. Then I asked him to use a colander spoon to “fish” the ice cubes out of the water and transfer them back to the first bowl

 

Ice Play Activity | Baby & Beyond

Ice Play Activity – Simple equipment from around the house – Ice, bowls, spoons of various sizes, tongs

 

Ice Play Fine Motor Skills Activity | Baby & Beyond

Ice Play Fine Motor Skills Activity – Transferring ice using tongs

 

Ice Play Fine Motor Skills Activity | Baby & Beyond

Ice Play Fine Motor Skills Activity – “Fishing” for ice in water using colander and hands

Simple Pre-school Science:

  1. Fill water in the ice tray and leave it in the freezer for a few hours. What has happened to the water?
  2. See how the ice cubes float in water. Try to push them down. Do they sink or float back up?
  3. What happens when you leave the ice cubes in the water? Watch them melt

 

Sensory Play:

  1. Ditch the instruments and allow the child to pick the ice cubes in his hand. Let him feel the temperature (cold), texture (slippery) and shape (cube)
Ice Play Sensory Activity | Baby & Beyond

Ice Play Sensory Activity – Feeling the temperature, texture and shape


Ice Play - Sensory, Fine Motor Skills & Science Activity | Baby & Beyond

Ice Play – Sensory, Fine Motor Skills & Science Activity | Baby & Beyond

 

If you are a parent of a toddler, you know that one of the most frequent questions we have almost on a daily basis is how to keep our toddlers engaged, or what sort of learning games activities can be planned for our kids. There are limitless resources available online, but most of them require extensive planning or DIY. Knowing the attention span of a toddler, I have often found that the time I spent in planning these activities was far more that the actual time he spent on the activity itself!

This post is part of a series I am doing on A to Z of toddler activities in 100ish words each. The idea is to share simple, skill-based activities that you can do easily at home with little to no pre-planning. Wherever any resources are required, I’ll guide you on where you can find those as well.

You can find the complete list of activities here.

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