Math & Science
2.5 years +
Get digging! Set your little archaeologist of on a mission to save their toys. This activity is great for imaginative play and will help develop your child’s fine-motor and problem-solving skills.
- Medium to large bucket, basin, or bowl
- A variety of small, colourful, water-safe toys
- Spray bottle with warm water
- Turkey baster (Optional)
- Choose a bucket which will fit inside your freezer.
- Fill the bucket with cold water and let your child add a variety of their small toys to the bucket.
- Place the bucket in the freezer. The ice should be fully set in 24 hours.
- Take the ice block outside as the activity will get messy.
- Allow your child to break, melt and chip the ice to uncover their toys.
- Spray the ice with warm water or apply some salt to help with the melting process.
- Be sure to clean all the toys after the activity is finished.
SAFETY FIRST – Older children may wish to use a small hammer or similar tool to help chip away at the ice. Parents who choose this option should monitor the activity closely and assist their child to use the tool.
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