Over the last few months Thea has been exploring water and ice. It has been great fun watching her explore,learn and understand both of these .
I have documented these on my Instagram (therealworkingdad ) . But I was thinking how I could I make it easier for us busy parents to take part.
When I thought why don’t I do what I do in nursery . I have all my activties in order in a folder. I have the materials I need, how to set it up , the benefits and development gains and what would I do different the next time .
So I thought I would break it down in blog form so you can print your own list of activties that I have learnt over the 7 years I have worked in early years education.
Ice Play: Exploring ice
For this you will need:
Get several Tupperware containers make room in the freezer .
Chop up some fruit apple and banana .
Get a couple of toys like cars,bricks or a bath toy something your child is familiar with it.
Put objects in Tupperware add water and a couple of drops of food colouring.Put in freezer over night.
The next morning take them out leave to thaw slightly so you can get them out the Tupperware .
I used the paddling pool to explore the ice but you can use anywhere you want.
What to do?.
Play with the ice touch it and encourage your child to explore it .
Thea it first was slightly shy about the ice .
If this happens use the ice with the toy in it as your child is familiar with the toy they will be confident to explore it.
Talk about the ice melting this will help develop an understanding of ice and develop language .
Thea loved seeing the ice melt to reveal her car she picked the ice up and tried to smash it several times.
Why put fruit in it.
Yes the fruit becomes like slime.
But children love exploring different textures.
Thea use to hate messy play but by encouraging her to explore it she has become confident in messy play.
As the ice melts your child may eat the fruit while exploring it using different senses like taste ,touch and smell .
This activity is really free play it’s not meant to be structured.
You are letting your child explore the ice.
Each child is different and will learn differently .
All you have to do is encourage them,talk to them and of course prepare it .
Problem solving-why is the ice melting
Language development : talking about ice and melting
Sensory play: exploring different textures also helps build confidence and independence .
Fine motor: ice is skippy and difficult to hold so a great workout.
Attachment: Spending time with your child exploring is great for bonding and you learn so much about your child.
Creativty : will they stack the ice, try to use it to draw like Thea .
Physical: if you use a paddling or bath this can be quite a workout as your child is using their core strength to balance and smash the ice.
So there you go your first activity , over the coming weeks I will post more activities for you.