the first of a few revisited posts from the summers of 2008 and 2009:
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i did this for micah’s birthday once with a dinosaur theme. at preschool we use this for any letter of the alphabet since we can hide anything in the ice (except maybe u or x things…ideas, anyone?)! appleseeds, counter bears, coins, dinosaurs, elephants, fake flower petals, green things, horses, jewels, keys, lace, money, nuts, o ring shapes, paper clips, quills, red things, snakes, turtles, valentines (plastic hearts), white things, yellow things, zoo animals.
but i like to use it during i week since that’s kind of a tricky letter to find things for.
ahead of time the teacher fills containers of any kind with water, then drops in some objects that won’t break when hit, then freezes.
preschoolers are offered tools for excavating the treasures…wooden blocks work the best in my experience.
take this as an opportunity to discuss the wonder that our eyes will blink or squint to protect themselves. encourage this against the flying ice. : )
and if it is warm outside, take it all out! when i week falls in a cooler month, we wear our mittens and break the ice chunks on art trays.
5 thoughts on “i is for ice”
Here’s another take on this same project. Don’t know if you’ve ever tried the water tools too. Kinda fun. http://www.littlebitfunky.com/2009/07/hot-fun.html
This is awesome but where did you find a whole bucket of knick knacks?
i love this idea! it’s wonderful!
btw, at one time wasn’t there a list by letter of your post on your sidebar? i’m just wondering where it went.
thanks for your wonderful ideas!
you are one creative lady!
I see lots of possibilities with this. Thanks for a cool idea!
Sorry about the pun – well, maybe I’m not : )
you always give me such great ideas!!!!!!