## Monday, December 6, 2010

### Following the child -- ice blocks

Once again, Aikman decided to detour from my plans for the day, and decided to create his own learning path!

I had recently purchased a variety pack of acrylic ice cubes from Goodwill. Combined with the ice tongs, small wooden bowl, and cute sorting basket, Aikman immediately gravitated towards them, before I was about to put them up in the closet until January or February, when we actually get snow and planned on discussing winter.

First, he sorted them by size.

Then he decided to line them up and "count them by 10's," which ended up being 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 101, 102, 103.... I tried explaining that when you count by 10's, when you get to 100, it becomes 110, but he wasn't buying it.

Then he regrouped them according to their size, to see which sized ice cube (small, medium, or large) collectively formed the longest length. This quickly led to building towers to determine which would make the tallest tower. He was quite shocked to discover that whether they were horizontally or vertically arranged, the medium sized blocks always resulted in the "winner" of the 3 groups.

Finally, he decided to attempt to spell ice. Yep -- i -s = ice!

Not bad for one of his first attempts to phonetically spell a word!

So, what other ideas/activities could we use these little cubes for?

The Activity Mom said...

Those are great manipulatives. I've never thought of those. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Ice should be spelled is. Good job, Aikman! : )

Honey said...

Is works for me! :)

I love the cubes. Check out the dollar tree and family dollar for them in neat colors come the summer. I've even gotten some in shapes. I also get the ones with fluid in them to freeze (although I can't see how ANYONE actually puts them in their drinks...eek the leak factor is HUGE!) and I'll use them for some sensory works. The cold adds a whole different 'texture' to the mystery bag with them and is great for their SPD

Inspired Montessori said...

Love it and never thought of that!
Thanks!