When the cold weather comes, the first thing my kids do is to check if their water table has frozen and any other containers they have left around the garden.
The next thing they like to do is to go to the storm pond near their friends house to see if it has frozen.
Last year it froze solid for the first time. The kids loved throwing sticks to try to break it and even ice skated on it.
When the ice wasn’t solid enough to walk on, it was just as fascinating.
The children broke off the surface, ice sheets very carefully and had competitions to see who could break the largest piece.
My youngest insisted on carrying pieces home, even though her fingers were numb and left them on the doorstep to see how long they would remain frozen.
When the pieces broke, they used them to make these pictures.
Ice is a perfect loose part. It
- Encourages expoloration
- Is a full sensory experience
- Can be any shape or size
- Can be easily found
- Presents challenges as it changes form.
- The children can help create it in different shapes and forms
- And is fascinatingly beautiful
If you don’t live in a cold climate you could make your own in moulds in the freezer or place a few bags of ice outside and see how the children explore.