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⚙ 1.5 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Spring or summer

⚙ Indoors or outdoors


⚙ Water

⚙ Ice cubes  

⚙ A bin to hold water  


Optional Materials 

​⚙ Ice cube trays    

⚙ Materials to make ice cube trays: egg cartons, muffin trays, etc.     

⚙ Other toys or objects: containers, bath toys, sponges, spoons, measuring cups

⚙ Food colouring



⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙ Take extra precautions when playing with 
water or cold substances


Play-based Context

Place water in a bin or sensory table and let children play with the water. Add ice cubes and discuss how the water temperature changes. Add other objects to encourage exploration. To make the transition from solid to liquid more obvious, use coloured ice cubes (add a few drops of food colouring before freezing). 

To nurture a toddler's interest in water, educators added ice cubes to the water table and talked about the changes in temperature.

Questions You May Ask 

⚙ How many ice cubes do you see?

⚙ What is happening to the ice cubes?
⚙ What else could we use to make ice cubes?

⚙ How can we make the water warmer?

Related Children's Books

The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson

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