To prep for our activity, I froze several plastic dinosaur figures in a 13" x 9" Tupperware container. We used play tools, salt, and the heat from our hands and the sun to excavate the dinosaurs. The kids loved this chance to play paleontologist!
The kids found that they could use the tools to bang and chip away at the ice. If doing this with one child, you could probably get away with kitchen spreaders and more effective tools, but I found that my enthusiastic little ones were safer with their plastic tools.
The kids discovered that they could use their fingers to make designs in the frost of the ice. We also found that by breaking our large piece of ice into smaller chunks, it melted faster.
We used this as a time to enhance vocabulary with descriptive words like hard, solid, cold, and slippery. I loved watching my 2-year-old's reactions as he described the cold ice.
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