Ice play in preschool

Today, we enjoyed a little ice play.

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most enjoyable for young children. The teacher in this class set out a bowl of ice with some cups, smaller bowls, and spoons…

The children scooped the ice from one container to the other…

And some children used their hands to pick up ice cubes….

What makes an activity like this so successful is that it is truly all about discovery, exploring, and play…

We won’t be able to hang this up on a wall when we are finished but we can talk about our experience…

And during the process of our ice play we discovered the ice was cold and when it melts, water runs all over the table and down on the floor!

And when the teacher isn’t looking, we can place an ice cube on the handle end of our spoon and it suddenly becomes a Popsicle!

Can you see all the learning (and fun) going on just from some simple ice play?

I am linking this post up to The Play Academy!


  1. Arti Ohri says

    this was just great…am going to try this activity at my kindergarten classes…will post u pictures soon sure the children will be overjoyed.

  2. says

    I know my two little girls will love this .. we are home alon this weekend and I think this would make a great time filler!

  3. says

    You could create an easy art project from this – Have each child color a paper with crayola markers prior to getting out the ice. Then bring out the ice and let them use the ice on their paper. It only will take about 5 minutes for the art work to be completed, then they can continue exploring at will.

  4. says

    That’s a wonderful way to expand on indoor water play! I love it…thanks for sharing the idea… I like what you said, sometimes the simplest activities can be the most gratifying.