Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fun Toddler Activity: Playing with Ice

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how much fun Trey had playing with water, and I jokingly wondered if he would like to play with ice, too.

Well, as it turns out, he does.

Trey recently spent close to half an hour scooping, pouring, and "drinking" from a bowl filled with ice.  He used cups, mugs, plastic utensils, and his own hands to dig and play.  His grandparents were pretty actively engaged with him, but I'm sure he would have enjoyed doing all this on his own, too (though maybe for a shorter period of time).

"Ice play" also gave us the opportunity to discuss quite a few interesting words, including "cold," "wet," "slippery," and "melt."  So, in addition to having loads of fun, Trey was also building his vocabulary.

I love simple, educational,  fun activities like this one.  They're a great way to keep toddlers engaged, while opening their minds up to the world around them.

What are your favorite activities for toddlers?  Would you like me to share more ideas for easy "boredom busters"?

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