Ice Theme

See also Snow/Snowman Theme
See also Arctic Theme


Books

Ice Cream Bear - Jez Alborough
Islands of Ice: The Story of a Harp Seal -Kathleen M. Hollenbeck
Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star - Kevin Henkes
Yellow Ice - Annie Sage



Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Icicles

We are little icicles
Melting in the sun.
Can you see our tiny teardrops
Falling one by one?



Arts & Crafts

Glistening Icicles

Materials Needed: dark colored paper, a plastic fork for each child, white tempra paint, silver glitter

Encourage the children to use their plastic fork to paint white streaks down dark colored paper. Have them shake on some silver glitter, while the paint is still wet. Their icicles will glisten! These are so pretty!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Ice Painting

Ice Cubes
Craft Sticks
Tempera Paint powder, Several Colors
Spoon
Heavy paper

To make an ice cube paintbrush poke craft sticks into partially frozen ice cubes. Then continue to freeze solid. Take an Ice cube paintbrush by its handle and rub it back and forth over the powdered color on the paper. Try putting small amounts of other colors on your paper and rubbing those with another ice cube paintbrush. Let dry.



Theme Ideas

Ice Man

Fill three balloons with water (one big, one medium, one small). Let freeze overnight. Peel the balloon off and stack the balls (use salt between to help them melt and stick together. Now let your children clothe him, put a carrot nose, stick arms, etc.

Exploring Ice

Freeze water in different kinds of containers to make various ice shapes. Place the shapes in one or two plastic dishpans filled with water and let the children play with them. Point out how the ice shapes float. Ask: Can you make them sink? Does the water become warmer or colder as the ice melts?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Block Building, Dramatic Play

Ice Cave: Turn the block center into a wonderful ice cave place for the children! Hang long pieces of white butcher block paper around the edges of the center. Put butcher block paper on the walls. Add lots of blue and white streamers hanging from the ceiling. Put blue nap mats, sleeping bags, other other fabric on the floor, Wrap some of blocks in white paper to look like ice (the kids love to build igloos!) Add in lots of cottonballs and stuffed &/or plastic polar bears, seals, fish, penguins etc!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Icy Sun Catcher

Materials Needed: shallow tray (eg. styrofoam meat tray or plastic frozen dinner tray), string, leaves, pebbles, twigs, berries, etc.

Fill the tray half full with water. Lay string in tray with about 4 inches in the water and about 6 inches out of the water. Add the little bits of natural items like pretty leaves, berries, twigs or whatever. Lay the tray outdoors on a cold winter night so that water freezes. Remove the frozen contents of the tray the next morning and hang outside in front of a window or from a tree. So pretty when the light catches it! And don't forget those fun science lessons: The water expanded as it froze. At what temperature will it begin to melt? How many days in a row does the sun catcher hang without melting? (Note: if your climate isn't cold enough to freeze at night, you can put tray into the freezer.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare



Links

Snow & Ice Theme - 2 Care 4 Kids
Ice Games - Family Fun
Snow & Ice Theme Page - Teacher Planet





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