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Frozen Bug Rescue Ice Activity-Science and Sensory Activity

April 27, 2020 1 Comment
Frozen bug rescue is such an easy but fun science and sensory activity for your kids!  If you are in need of a simple set up but one that takes your kids a long time to do, this is it!  We absolutely love frozen rescue activities over here and this one is no different.  Little Miss Toddler loves these little bugs from Melissa and Doug, and they are the perfect bugs to freeze and rescue if you are studying bugs or if your little one is just interested in them!
Once we rescued all of the bugs from their icy block, we counted them, sorted them by color, and played in the water bin that this ice left behind.  So many learning opportunities all in one is my favorite kind of activity!  I served up this frozen block of buggy ice to Little Miss Toddler with a bowl of warm water, a squeeze bottle, a bowl of salt, a play shovel, and tweezers to help with the extraction. 

To set this super easy science and sensory activity up there are a few things you need:
  • A freezer safe container (I have broken a bowl before not heeding this reminder!)
  • Small bugs or other small toys
  • Water
  • A squeeze bottle, spray bottle, or water bottle with a spout
  • Food dye (a few drops go a long way)
  • Salt

I like to place the bugs inside of the container with water and a few drops of green food coloring and put it into the freezer overnight.  After nap is over, I take the container out, run it under warm water for a few minutes to loosen and transfer to a large shallow bin for the rescue mission.
This is so much fun and can be done with any toy you have on hand!  Simple activities that practice fine motor and early math skills are ones that just can’t be beat!  I hope you give this one a try!  Make sure to share your pictures or tag us on instagram so we can see!

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Do you need other activities to teach your toddler and preschooler while you are at home?  I have created monthly learn and play activity packets and guides to help keep your little one entertained at home.  Check out our Monthly Learn and Play Activity Packets in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for hands-on activities to keep your child learning at home.

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    Hi! I’m Jayme! A former elementary teacher turned stay at home mom sharing toddler activities, mom tips, and educational resources to help you learn and play with your children. I believe in the power of PLAY and creating meaningful activities for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

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