This activity has been on repeat over here. G will bring me an empty ice cube tray with his animals already strategically placed in there and say “mommy freeze animals.”
I love how easy this is to set up. All you need is the power of time. I often get this set up the night before, but if I forget (and if my toddler doesn’t remind me 😉 I will do it in the morning and the animal ice smash will be ready to go post-nap time.
What you need:
Ice Cube Trays
Little Toy Animals – you can often find some mini dinosaurs or something at a dollar store or the Target Dollar Spot.
But we like using these:
What to do:
- Put the animals in each ice cube tray, fill it with water, and then stick them in the freezer wait for it to freeze.
- Pop them out of the ice cube tray. May need to run under warm water.
- Grab a toy hammer and let your kiddo have fun whacking away at the ice as you encourage them to try and “set the animals free!
Variations: Don’t have an ice cube tray? Add a bunch of animals to a larger Tupperware bin. This will take longer to break through and can be more fun for the older kids.
And some food coloring to the water before freezing for a fun change.
Can’t wait to see how this activity works out for you! If you try it, tag me at @runlikekale so I can share it with my audience. I love to see your variations.
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