Playing with thin ice. 

What you will need:

  • Several containers
  • Small stones
  • Small sticks
  • Small (waterproof) toys

What to do:

  1. Fill the containers with water and put them into the freezer. The freezer settings will depend how long it takes to freeze into a thin layer.
  2. Check the containers after about an hour; you need the ice to be around ¼ to ½ an inch thick so that it doesn’t melt too quickly.
  3. Put towels down to clear up any spillages.
  4. Ask the child to feel the ice and use describing words, for example, smooth, cold, freezing etc. Encourage them to extend their vocabulary.
  5. The child can play with small toys along the top of the ice.
  6. The child could then try to carefully break the ice by applying pressure or heat (through the hands) Alternatively, they could time how long it takes to break (melt) on its own.
  7. Ask the child to describe the water underneath. Were they expecting it to be that cold?
  8. The child can add items to the water, for example, toy animals that might live in water or other rocks and foliage to create a pond/ water environment.