Frozen Animal Rescue

Freezing animal figurines in ice cubes is a great activity for hot summer days. Children can use their scientific skills to explore, experiment, hypothesise and problem solve all while keeping cool!

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The activity is simple to set up, you just need to be prepared to organise it at least the night before.

Large, silicone ice cube trays work best with small animal figurines, we bought our trays from Kmart. They make perfectly sized ice cubes for small hand and the silicone makes the ice cubes really easy to pop out!

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Simply fill your ice cube trays with water and place one animal figurine in each. It doesn’t matter if parts of the animal stick out the top, this will actually engage little minds and encourage them to try and rescue the animals. Place the trays in the freezer overnight - simple as that!

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Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 4 - Children are confident and involved learners

4.2 - Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.

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This Activity is for:

  • Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Children interested in water play

  • For younger children and babies who find holding the ice too much, simply place a couple of the ice cups in a plastic container and create a sensory bottle.

Encourage children to:

  • Hypothesise what will happen to the ice

  • Use their senses to explore and describe what is happening

  • Experiment with different ways to rescue the animals - try and discover which ways are the quickest!

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Extend on this by:

  • Creating one huge ice block with lots of animals inside. Do this by freezing water in an ice-cream container

Simplify this by:

  • Exploring 1 - 3 ice cubes at a time

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