This letter’s activities were fun, slippery and most of all delicious! It was fun to have a day of activities that were a little bit different from the normal ones we had been doing. Especially one of the activities where we ended up playing a game all together as a family. Then we also made a delicious treat in a unique way. Letter I ended up being a fun letter for us!
Here are the activities we did for the letter I:
The first activity we did for the letter I was play with ice.
This activity was so simple and by far the least expensive activity because we had to buy nothing for it. Literally all I did to prepare for this activity was grab some ice from the freezer. Then I walked around the kitchen to look for anything that I thought would be fun to use while playing with ice. We ended up grabbing some bowls to put the ice in. My kids first started by taking turns using tongs to transfer the ice from one bowl to the other. Then after they got bored of this we decided to see what would happen to a couple pieces of the ice if we added in a little bit of warm/hot water. Finally we observed what happens when we add salt onto ice.
These are only a few of the possibilities of things that can be done. Really there are so many things, all you have to do to get inspiration is walk around you kitchen or house and see what you have that could be used to play with and explore ice.
The next letter I activity we did was play ice cream cone pass.
Before we could start this activity we had to make ice cream cones out of paper by forming a cone shape and taping the paper. Then once we had made enough paper ice cream cones for everyone we were able to start playing with our “ice cream” which was a ball pit ball. We stood in a circle and took turns passing the “ice cream” to the person next to us. We then did one round when we put a timer on to see how many times we could pass it in two minutes.
One other way we ended up playing was to try and toss the ball into another person’s cone. This was a lot harder than it sounded so it didn’t end up lasting too long, but it was fun and funny while it lasted.
The next letter I activity we did was make ice cream in a bag.
What you will need:
- 1/2 C Milk (we used 1%)
- 1/2 C Heavy Cream
- 3 TB Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (or any other extract you want to add for flavor)
- 4 C Ice
- 8 TB Salt
How to make ice cream in a bag:
- Combine the first four ingredients (milk, cream, sugar and extract) in a bowl. Pour into a Ziploc bag. We used a gallon sized because I wasn’t sure if a sandwich bag would be big enough but I would say that a quart sized bag would be a better size to use.
- Combine the last two ingredients (ice and salt) in a separate Ziploc bag (this should be a gallon size).
- Place the closed bag with the ice cream ingredients inside the bag of ice and salt.
- Close the big bag and shake for 5-10 minutes. Once it looks like ice cream than you will know that it is done.
I was a little skeptical about this. I am sure I had made ice cream this way before, especially as a child, but don’t remember it well enough to know if it was something that was successful. But it turns out that this is a fun and delicious way to make quick homemade ice cream. And of course the kids loved making it and especially loved getting to eat it!
The last letter I activity we did was make letter I igloos.
The supplies you will need:
- Paper (White and Black)
- Cotton Balls
How to make the letter I igloo:
- Cut a big bubble letter I out of the white piece of paper.
- Cover the letter I with cotton balls by gluing them on.
- Cut a small semi circle out of the black paper and glue it to the bottom of the igloo I.
This was a super quick and easy craft. It has become easier to do crafts with my son if they are that way. It has been interesting to see how different both of my kids are when it comes to the activities. My daughter loves the crafty activities and could do them all day. My son on the other hand loves to do the activities with us but once he sees that the current activity is a craft he usually leaves to go and do something else. So we have learned to adapt depending on which of my children are participating that day.
Which type of activities do your children prefer? Which of the ones listed above do you think they would enjoy doing?