Fine Motor Skills with ICE Play for Toddlers

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It is fine motor activities Friday again!

This week we are into a bunch of ice play.

For this activity I used a silicone muffin mold, added some water a drop or two of food coloring and some plastic animals. Then let the tray freeze over night in the deep freeze.

frozen animals in ice

Lets ICE PLAY!

I at first thought we would play a bit of “ice hockey” but my bare tray was not very slippery. Enter my solution! Foil!

I added a sheet of foil to add the slippery effect I wanted and got the bonus of a semi reflective surface too! Just don’t put it in direct sun, that’s blinding!dinosaur in ice play

After a bit of spinning the ice around the foil I brought out the kitchen spatula and spoon plus a few bowls. The activity quickly turned into a scoop that ice and put it into the bowl race.

Trying to get those ice cubes onto the scoops was a great fine motor activity for the kids as well!

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Of course my 2 year old decided that lifting it with her hand onto the spatula was also acceptable. This is ice play combined with fine motor activities after all!fine motor activities with ice play at PowerfulMothering.com

My 5 year old then decided to free the dinosaurs. Which proved difficult.
inspecting ice blocks

We moved on to the next phase of this activity and put the ice play animals into a bit of shallow water! Watching them melt into different color pools and finally freeing the dinosaur and his animal friends!
ice play became water play

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