First step was to make the ice cubes. We made up two jugs, one of blackcurrant and one of orange squash. She hasn’t quite got the hang of pouring and ended up pouring half of the juice into the tuff spot. She then proceeded to sit in it! I think she thought I would be cross as she had a look of panic on her face. Instead I laughed and told her she better take her trousers off!
We love our tuff spot in our house, it is so versatile and we use it all of the time, we got ours from Ebay. With the hot weather we have had recently we have been making ice cubes to go in our drinks. Little G has been fascinated by them and so I decided to show her the process of freezing to melting with the use of our tuff spot.
After a couple of hours the ice cubes were ready. She was so excited to take them out of the freezer! We popped them out of the ice cube trays and she picked one up. She dropped it immediately and screeched ‘It is freezing mummy!’. I suppose she has never held an ice cube before, only having them in her cup.
She sat watching the ice cubes for a while and then began to touch and swirl them around the tuff spot. She found that if she pushed them thy would glide along quickly leaving a melted trail behind them.
At this point I thought she might enjoy smashing them up so I went to get her little hammer from her doctors kit (I’m sure it probably has a proper name but we call it the knee hammer haha!).
I am a weakling so Mr F showed her how to smash one up. It broke into lots of tiny pieces and she squealed in delight! She then spent the next half an hour smashing up the remaining ice cubes.
Now, Little G is a bit of a fuss pot at times and she was a little concerned that they were melting all over her hands. I asked her if she would like to lick one. She looked at me like i was crazy!! I assured her that it was ok, that they would taste of blackcurrant or orange. She tentatively licked one, found that I was telling the truth and that they did indeed taste of squash and continued to lick it until it had melted completely!
Has your child discovered ice? What did they do with it?
Take a look at the other posts in the ‘Tuff Spot Ideas‘ series to see what else we have done with it.
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