I coloured some water with yellow and black colouring, then froze it in ice trays and bowls. I left the ice out as an invitation to play.


  • Yellow food colouring
  • Black food colouring
  • Water
  • Ice trays and bowls
  • Lollipop sticks


As soon as Finn spotted the ice, he ran and got his swim suit on and jumped straight in to the paddling pool. Without any guidance from me, he started setting out the ice rods as a bee.

He added wings and an eye.

He pretended the yellow blocks of ice were the honeycomb.

He used one of the ice cubes that I had frozen on to a lollipop stick, to write the word bee. As always I let him write the word however he thought it would be written after sounding it out.

Then he chose to write the word, honey.

Finally, he wrote the word buzz.

Finn tried making footprints using the ice.

Cian, still drowsy from his nap, joined Finn in the paddling pool. He watched Finn build an ice tower.

We added a bowl of warm water. As Finn built his BB-8, he talked about the ice melting.

After watching Finn splash in the water, Cian lay down and splashed with his whole body.

The boys both scooped and poured water, as the ice rapidly melted. Cian got mixed messages from Finn, who first told him not to eat the ice, then told him to eat the ice so that it would be sooner that they had all water.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 10 – Writing:

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

ELG 14 – The world:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.