DIY ICE Puzzle
There are certain games you play, or manipulatives you show your preschooler, where you think, YES. This. is. Awesome.
This product is one of them.
On Monday, we talked about ways to increase letter recognition with your preschooler, and supplies that will help everyone learn. Read more about what manipulatives we suggested here. Then, last week we discussed the difference between number recognition and understand number representation. Find that post here.
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I began by filling the trays with water and letting them freeze overnight. In the morning, I took out my preschooler's name to surprise him with these ICE LETTERS.
This INSTANTLY intrigued my preschooler AND my toddler!
So we took it a step further by using all the letters and numbers as an ICE puzzle.
This Activity Focuses On:
- Letter Recognition - By Kindergarten, Children will be asked to recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
- Number Recognition - By Kindergarten, children will be asked to compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
- Fine Motor Skills - Manipulating the ICE to fit back into each mold.
- Sensory Exploration
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Science Exploration - Begin discussing why the water freezes, why the ice melts
Create an ICE Puzzle for your Preschooler:
...Then Mom Got Smart and Added a Towel
This Activity is Great for All Ages.
Here is Hayes, 19 months joining in.