I first saw a similar idea to this one back in July from Counting Coconuts. We didn’t do it back then (mostly because I was a little worried about Big Brother having a hammer) and it didn’t come to mind again until I started thinking about our penguin thematic unit.
This was a HUGE hit, even though the water splattered all over while we were pounding the ice. It gave us an opportunity to talk about what penguin’s eat and how they must swim through the icy waters to get their food. I think we’ll be doing this again in the summertime and adding some color as well.
Here’s what you’ll need: a pan at least a couple inches deep, water, and some various “trinkets” to place inside. We used some fish leftover from our Advent boxes and magnetic numbers to incorporate some number recognition
|1. Fill a pan with water.|
|2. Add your items. Put in the freezer overnight.|
|3. Dump the block of ice onto the tray and drain the excess water.|
|4. Give your little one a mallet and him start pounding away. We used the mallet to one of our toys where you pound the ball into the hole…but that wasn’t doing anything to the ice.|
|So I gave Big Brother our meat tenderizer (under close supervision).|
|All done! We would identify each number as Big Brother removed it from the ice.|