Keep those hands busy and learning with the easy and inexpensive activity. My lil’ man played for almost an hour with this one. I love that it has a sensory component where he feels the cold ice and learns words like “slippery”, “frozen”, “freeze”, “wet”, “Arctic”, “Beluga Whale”, “Orca”, “Killer Whale”, “Pinguin”, “Seal”, “Walrus”, “Arctic Fox” etc. We also talked about which animals live only in the water, only on land, and those that can live on both land and water. And we grouped the animals by color and type.
In all, I had everything on hand and only needed to purchase the arctic animal plastic toys. (I got mine from here for only $10 and no shipping cost because I’m an Amazon Prime Member.) After we empty the plastic containers of ice, immediately fill your containers again and place in the freezer for the next time you need the activity and you’re ready to go. Note: Have your lil’ one help you fill them up and they will make the connection that the water changes state – from liquid to solid! Back to the tray… I added just enough water to cover the bottom of the cookie sheet. I kept a kitchen hand towel nearby his station so he could wipe and warm up his hands if he wanted. He just played and played with this one! His older brothers wanted to get in the fun as well!
- Wide Container (I used an old cookie sheet with a lip around it)
- Old plastic containers filled with water and put in the freezer overnight (I used three different sizes, but you can use as many as you wish)
- Tray of ice cubes
- Arctic plastic animals (intended for age 3+)
- A bath mat or bath towel (keeps cookie sheet or wide container from moving on counter, plus catches any drops)
- A kitchen towel
Hope you have fun exploring the artic!