The girls’ nursery had sent us some ideas to try at home as part of their Spring term activities. One of these was to freeze some objects in a plastic bowl of water and let Freyja investigate how to get them out. Rich had seen an idea about making “dinosaur eggs” by freezing model dinosaurs in balloons of water so we decided to combine these two ideas.
Freyja has a tub of dinosaurs, so one evening we picked out a few of the smaller ones and tried putting them into balloons. This was a two person job – Rich forcing open the neck of the balloon as wide a possible whilst I pushed a dino in, trying to avoid ripping the balloon with the pointy bits. We managed to do four, then filled the balloons with water and popped them in the freezer.
The next day Rich removed the balloon, leaving spheres of ice containing a dinosaur each and presented these to Freyja in a washing up bowl.
Freyja decided that she would try hitting the dinosaur eggs with something. We went outside and she hit one with a large stone from the garden, but it had little effect. She then tried holding it up and dropping it. She was extremely satisfied with the result – pieces of ice breaking off as it smashed on the floor. This needed to be repeated a couple more times to free the dinosaur inside. She insisted on cracking open the second egg in the same way.
We then persuaded her to try another method and suggested she went up to the bathroom with the remaining two eggs. Here she gave one a hot shower, and the other a bath. Both dinosaurs were eventually freed, and all four toys reunited.
I think Freyja is looking a bit sad on one of these photos as using hot water to melt the ice wasn’t as dramatic as smashing ice on the patio in order to break it apart!
This is definitely an activity Freyja enjoyed and something we would try again in the future. I would quite like to do it again in the summer where we can leave the dinosaur eggs dotted around the garden and investigate how long it takes for each one to melt.