Today for LEGO Week we created a really simple, but awesome, ice excavation activity using a few LEGO bricks.
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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR LEGO BRICK ICE EXCAVATION:
- tupperware with lid (I bought mine at the Dollar Store)
- LEGO bricks (various sizes and colors)
- turkey basters or eye droppers
- other excavation tools (let kids use their imaginations)
- baking pans
HOW TO DO LEGO BRICK ICE EXCAVATION:
Setting up a LEGO brick ice excavation is so simple!! All you need to do it add LEGO bricks into a tupperware container and fill it halfway with water! The put the tupperware in the fridge for 3-4 hours and let it harden. Next, fill the tupperware 3/4 the way full and then let that completely harden overnight.
The next day you are ready for some ice excavation!
To get set up for ice excavation I fill up cups with warm water and then I also give each child a baking pan that is about 1 inch deep.
Next I pop the ice/bricks out of the containers and put them on the baking pans.
Then the kids are ready to start exploring!
We used turkey basters or droppers to drop warm water on the ice. The goal is to get all of the LEGO bricks out of the ice and put them in our big bowl in the middle of the table.
My little preschoolers were very focused as they tried to get the bricks out of the big hunk of ice.
I loved watching them use their hands, turkey basters, forks, and other materials they found around the kitchen to try and get the LEGO bricks out of their hunk of ice.
As they sprayed the bricks with more and more warm water the kids would comment on what was happening. They also used their creativity to come up with other ways to get the ice to melt faster.
Once all of the bricks were freed we build some creative things out of the LEGO bricks. After that the kids were begging to refreeze the LEGO bricks and try again! They don't really get bored of ice excavations (especially when it is hot outside) and like to do them again and again!