Ice Stomping Outdoor Fun

Ice – A wonderful tactile experience

The allure of ice is almost too much to ignore for most children. The cool hardness and joy of not only being able to eat ice but also to break it without fear of being roused on is exhilarating fun – and a great way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon.

This is a great sensory  and tactile activity as the children learn about how much they are able to touch the cold slippery ice, how it feels on their feet as compared to hands and the release of throwing it to the ground and watching it break apart.

Gross motor skills are developed through stomping on and throwing the ice down to the ground so that it breaks apart into smaller pieces.

Fine motor skills are developed through learning to get a good grip on the slippery ice when it is picked up.

Fine motor skill development through ice play

Fine motor skill development

The coolness and texture of the ice provides sensory stimulation in the way of touch and quite possibly taste (ensure the ice is made from drinking quality water).

How to do this at home!

Gather your supplies – you may need to plan in advance:

A warm Summer Day, A Large Quantity of Ice (Can make your own using water frozen in ice cream buckets or use ice purchased eg. leftover from a party), Some Enthusiastic Children, Small wooden hammers if desired (a Dog will also add to the fun – but not essential).

Very simply, all that needs to be done is to find a smooth hard surface such as Pavers or concrete and to allow the children to tip the ice out onto the ground and play until it melts. This is a great sensory  and tactile activity as the children learn about how much they are able to touch the cold slippery ice, how it feels on their feet as compared to hands and the release of throwing it to the ground and watching it break apart.

Enjoy watching them have fun until it melts away to nothing!

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