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Free the frozen animals

What you need

  • Plastic toys, such as animals
  • Water
  • Ice cube tray
  • Squeezy bottle
  • Food colouring


  • Helps to develop fine motor skills
  • Develops your child’s pincer grasp
  • Improves hand-eye coordination
  • Develops language
  • Helps to learn about colours

The experience

  • Place some animals into an ice cube tray and fill the tray with water. You can add food colouring if you’d like too! 
  • Place it in the freezer, preferably overnight. Once the ice is frozen, each animal will be in their own individual cube.
  • Show your little one how to pinch the tops of the animals using the thumb and pointer finger. Supporting your child, gently pull them out of the tray and place them into a “melting bucket” – this is where they can see the ice melt. They can encourage the ice to melt by using a turkey baster or other squeezy bottle to pour water over them.