A fun winter ‘Circle Time’ game: Pass the Ice Cube (or Snowball).
Have your group sit in a circle. Give each child a paper towel to dry their hands off as they play. Pass the ice cube or snowball around the circle allowing each child about 30 seconds to hold it.
Encourage the children to rub it on their arm or face or neck and experience how it feels.
(SENSORY: Cold, wet , slippery, etc….)
Ask children to use words to describe it.Is it big or small? What color is it? What is it made of?
(LANGUAGE and PRE-LITERACY)
As the ice cube or snowball melts and gets smaller and smaller discuss what is happening and why. The temperature in the room and of their hands may have something to do with it?
When it has disappeared and is gone ask the questions: Who has the ice cube? Where did it go? How did it feel? How did it disappear?
You’ll surely think of more questions as the children do! Please share your results here!!!! The children will think it is magic! This game is great anytime of the year! Preschoolers may welcome the cool touch of ice in the hot summer months too!
ART FOR PRESCHOOLERS:
You can extend the ice theme by having the children paint with colored ice cubes that you have prepared ahead of time by using food coloring. A fun abc kids game would be to write letters and numbers with colored ice! This can lead into a lesson on color recognition and an art lesson on mixing colors. The older children will be able to grasp the concept of primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and secondary colors that are created by mixing two primary colors together (orange, green and purple).
RED + YELLOW = ORANGE
BLUE + YELLOW = GREEN
RED + BLUE = PURPLE
Rainy Day PreK !