Games With Ice: Dinosaur Breakout

Any Dinosaur lovers out there!?

My boys absolutely LOVE playing what we refer to as Dinosaur Breakout! It is a perfect simple activity for those HOT days when being outside means water must be involved in some way!

Lately, we have been known to have dinosaurs in our freezer on a very regular basis!

Break the Ice Dinosaur Activity

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic dinosaurs (or other small figurines)
  • Tupperware/plastic container
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Water
  • Small hammer

Directions for Dinosaur Breakout:

1. Fill your plastic container with water and food coloring (optional), then drop in your dinosaurs.

2. Place it carefully in the freezer.

3. When completely frozen, remove them from the freezer. Run warm (not hot) water over the container until the ice separates from the container.

4. Head outside and gently remove your Dinosaur Ice. Allow your children to use a small hammer to break away the ice to find all the dinosaurs. In our home, the dinosaurs immediately go back in the freezer and the whole activity repeats itself! 🙂

Notes:

  • Great for Gross Motor Skills- This activity really teaches a child how to use their entire arm and swing a small, light weight hammer and strike an object.
  • Great activity for a pre- or post reading activity when talking about/learning about dinosaurs. Our boys would highly recommend the ‘How Do Dinosaurs…” series by Jane Yolan.
  • All around FUN activity for little ones to like to watch things break! 🙂 This is one thing we can let them break and actually smile about!

For more experiments and games with ice, check out these fun ideas:

8 Comments

  1. Awesome! It’s been really hot in our corner of the world and even the pool gets boring after some time so I will freeze up some dinos tonight. Can’t wait to see how this will turn out with dear son and his BFF who is coming over tomorrow!

  2. Linda- I’m sure they will love it. Our boys love that they can break the ice and they work so hard to get those dinosaurs out! 🙂

  3. Katie- How fun! It’s so funny because I didn’t actually see this anywhere before posting it but now several people are sharing their kids love this activity too! It must be a ‘mother of boys intuition’ that guides us all to activities like this! 🙂

  4. Deirdre- Let us know how it goes over with your little guy! 🙂

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