Frozen flowers

During our flower themed scavenger hunt we collected some beautiful flowers, and so we have been putting them to good use.

For this activity you will need:

  • Small collection of flowers
  • Ice cube tray
  • Tupperware container
  • Calpol syringe
  • Paint brush
  • Tooth brush
  • Cup of warm water

All you need to do is place a flower or two in each compartment with water and freeze overnight. Carefully wash all of your flowers first to make sure you don’t have any hidden creepy crawlies.

I set this up at the breakfast table so that I could get five minutes peace but it kept Arlo occupied for quite a while. He enjoyed dipping the calpol syringe in the warm water and squirting it all over the place.

He also had some other tools to hand which he tried to used to tease the flowers out of the ice, great for problem solving and dexterity.

Such a simple little idea and very minimal effort to prep. We will definitely be doing this one again on a bigger scale when I have more freezer space.

Mum tip: use a variety of different coloured flowers to also reinforce learning about colours and talk about the differences between the flowers – big/little opposites etc.

Cool chicks

You will need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Water spray bottle
  • Salt
  • Toy hammer
  • Mini chicks (or small toys)
  • Small oven tray

Ice excavation activities have always been a firm favourite in this household, but we have very limited freezer space at the moment and so I had to find something small enough to fit inside the ice cube trays.

I provided Arlo with a a spray bottle which had a salt solution – salt melts the ice. He sat and carefully tried to see what he could manage but was feeling particularly energetic at this stage so he went and found his hammer from the toy box.

He spent a long time trying to get the chicks free – it was a sunny afternoon and he loved that the ice cubes were so cold and then splashing around with the water which was melting too.

I’m afraid our chicks didn’t fare too well out of this activity, and Arlo tried to use “magic” cake sprinkles to fix them but alas this didn’t work….. next time we will use something more robust to freeze!

In the past we have had fun with flowers, dinosaurs and other small brightly coloured objects, freezing them in balloons and tubs.

It’s good fun and another hour of time passed by without us realising