Frozen Chicks

This one is a super easy set up!! You can use it to test ideas or you can just play with the frozen chicks. Once we had rescued the chicks they did fall apart, so only freeze chicks that you don’t mind repairing or throwing away afterwards.

Suitable for: 1 Years +
Set up: 10 Minutes


  • Chicks
  • Ice cube tray
  • Water
  • Space in the freezer
  • Food storage tub
  • Resources to melt the ice like, warm water, flannel, salt (optional)

The set up

Place the chicks into the ice cube tray and fill with water, put them in the freezer overnight and pop them out into a food storage tray when you are ready to play. 

Making the Most out of the activity 

When I first got the chicks out of the freezer I said, ” Oh no! The chicks are stuck Ayla!” she came over to have a look and said “is it ice?” We spoke about how the ice felt, as I popped the ice cubes into the tub Ayla picked one up and said “don’t worry I’ll rescue you chicky!” We spoke about what would help to melt the ice cubes, Ayla suggested water. I asked if hot or cold water would work best to which she said “hot water!” I filled a jug with warm water and let Ayla explore. We spoke about what else warms us up when we are cold so we found a flannel to work as a blanket, Ayla very carefully wrapped an ice cube up using the flannel! We also used salt to sprinkle on the ice and watched as that melted the ice away too!!

Learning opportunities

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World 

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