What’s Inside the Ice-Cube? – Outdoor Summer Fun!
Number 81 on our 100 Days of Summer Bucket list is “Discover what’s inside the giant ice cube!”. Doodles and Oodles have been dying to try this out since I showed them a number of similar activities on other blogs and Pinterest! Doodles actually did this at nursery when he was 2 or 3 years old and has often referred to it since! So, yesterday as I was reading down through our bucket list and ticking off a few more items I spotted number 81 and decided that would be our next activity!
- toy dinosaurs
- meat mallet
- kitchen utensils
- spades, spoons, plastic knives
- I covered the bottom of our basin with a few centimeters of water and allowed to freeze for a couple of hours. I then added several plastic dinosaurs of various shapes and sizes and filled the basin with water and returned to the freezer.
- 24 hours later we removed the basin from the freezer and ran it under the hot tap to loosen the giant ice cube from the basin.
- We tipped it out onto the table and D and O got busy tapping away at the ice in order to free the dinosaurs.
- Once they had freed the dinosaurs they then set about smashing the larger pieces of ice and mashed up the ice all over the table and the patio.
- They played with the ice for the next hour or so while playing with their cars and trucks and other toys. O even made an ice dinner for us all in her outdoor kitchen area!
I suspect that we will be doing this activity again – great fun and great for gross motor skills development and coordination. We don’t use ice in our sensory play very often but I will be adding it alot more from now on!
Have you tried this activity? How did you get on? Have you other activities involving ice! Let us know, we love to try out new ideas! If you are looking for another ice-related activity maybe stop by My Big Fat Happy Life and try their fantastic Arctic Small World Activity!