A pre-literacy exercise for your toddler
You will need
- an ice cube tray
- popsicle sticks
- food colouring
- large sheet of paper
What to do
This activity should be prepared the night before you would like your child to do it as it requires a couple hours for the ‘paints’ to freeze. Begin by filling the ice cube tray with water, and adding 2 - 3 drops of varied food colouring into each segment. Mix the food colouring into the water, and leave a popsicle stick in each segment as the handle. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer overnight. Once the water has turned to ice, take the tray out, put out a big sheet of paper, and allow your child to explore the marks they can make with the ice blocks!
At this age, mark making is primarily a sensory activity for your child, and exploring the marks they can make with a slippery surface such as ice will engage them in the activity whilst simultaneously strengthening the muscles they will need for more complex literacy activities as they grow.
- Literacy: enjoying the sensory experience of making marks on paper.
- Understanding the world: hot versus cold sensory feedback.
- Motor skills: creating marks through movement.
- Hand eye coordination
Ask your child
- What does the ice block feel like?
- What colours can you see?
- What marks can you make?