Animal Ice Blocks


Freezing toy animals or other objects in ice

Materials Required

  1. Buckets or small containers
  2. Assorted plastic animals or other objects
  3. Water
  4. Freezer
  5. Spoons or kitchen utensils.
  6. Food Colouring (optional)
  7. Salt. (optional)


Help your child choose some toy animals to place into containers for freezing. – Talk about the animals as you place them in containers. – Encourage your child to fill up the containers with water (animals already in). – Place in the freezer and freeze overnight. – Find other objects to freeze as well (e.g. natural materials – leaves, flowers, etc.).

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Take the ice blocks out of the freezer with your child and talk about how they look in the ice.
  2. Take the blocks outside and watch them melt.
  3. Encourage your child to break away the ice using spoons and kitchen utensils.
  4. Talk about how the ice is melting and how it feels.

Facilitation Tips – What To Say

  • Ice, cold, wet
  • Animals and animal sounds
  • Frozen and melted
  • Talk about the changes that are happening to the ice as it melts.

Extend the Experience

  • Help your child to cut some fruit and freeze it to make fruit ice blocks.
  • Freeze cars or other objects in the containers instead of animals.
  • Experiment with ways to make the ice melt faster.

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

To increase the physical activity in this play experience encourage your child to move like the animals in the ice.

Early Years Learning Framework


  1. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  2. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity


Principle 3: High expectations and equity. Children progress well when they, their parents and educators hold high expectations for their achievement in learning.


Practice: Learning through play. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.

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