Cold weather makes you hibernate, makes you want to get cosy inside, makes you want to stay clear of the outdoors. However, create a fun activity, like our dinosaur ice break and the children will be eager to get out for some fresh air, especially on a bitterly cold day!
This is such a simple activity, but one children definitely love! All you need to do is put a small dinosaur toy in a silicone muffin tin or other small container, add some water and freeze. Once frozen, remove the dinosaur ice and take outside to smash up. You could also add some food colouring to make it colourful too.
Whilst my children were outside playing over half term, they discovered some ice and couldn’t resist playing with it, trying to break it up and generally experimenting with it. My nephews aged 3 were fascinated watching my children with the ice, this was the ideal time to pull out the dinosaurs for a dinosaur ice break!
Luckily there was a dinosaur for each child. We only had one wooden mallet, so they had to take turns, which I was very impressed with. They eagerly hit the ice with the mallet, aiming well. I was a little worried fingers would get smashed too, but not one finger was injured in this activity.
My nephews watched the older children with keen interest as they smashed open their dinosaur. It was their turn. They were totally absorbed in breaking through the ice to get their dinosaur. They hit it and bashed it, then chased after it as it shot across the patio. Then they finally managed it and achieved their goal…yay! They were very pleased with their breakthrough, then spent ages just smashing up all the ice they could find lying around.
Children are fascinated by ice and this is such a simple, yet effective activity to have fun with, learn some aiming skills and get outside for plenty of fresh air on a cold day. Dinosaur ice break is a big hit!