This is a super-fun game for two friends to play. Be forewarned that this activity elicits many giggles and squeals but it's SO fun! We don't have this work out anymore, but we did have it out for the last two weeks of January. Since much of the country is buried up to its eyeballs in snow, now would be the perfect time for you to play this game either at home with your own children or in your classroom. The directions chart for this game can be found by CLICKING HERE. In the photo below you can see that I've printed and laminated this chart and hung it on the wall right above this work. The chart shows the children what action they must take depending upon what number they roll on the die. Other materials needed include: a basket with a towel or washcloth for wiping off cold/wet hands, a container to hold the die, a bowl filled with water, a salt shaker, a bowl to hold the ice cube, and a placemat.
While this activity may be done by one child, most children choose to play with a friend. First, they bring the empty bowl to the teacher and ask for an ice cube. After returning to their work spot, the children take turns rolling the die and doing the various actions in an attempt to melt their ice cube. They quickly learn that the salt is the most effective method for melting the ice quickly. (They also learn that rolling a "2" is the most exciting because you have to put the ice DOWN YOUR SHIRT!!! My assistants and I had a blast demonstrating this work to the children. They were so surprised to see us put ice cubes down our shirts!!)