Friday, November 18, 2011

Don't break the ice!

My kids love the game Don't Break the Ice. I however, hate putting in the million fake ice cubes just to have it crushed 30 seconds later.

Please don't get me wrong, it's a great game and therapeutic (we play it all the time). But even great things can be improved upon (or reverted back to the original).

Thus...The REAL Don't Break the Ice.

What you need:
  1. Tissue paper (one layer-just one, cut in half)
  2. A large rubber-band or headband
  3. A mixing bowl
  4. Ice- 4+ cups wet down with a 1/2 cup cool water (give or take)
Get started:

Place the tissue paper over the bowl. Stretch the rubber-band over to hold in place.
Have the players place on piece of ice on per turn, being careful not to break the ice. Once the ice (tissue paper) has broken through the game is over. The person who put the piece on that cause the ice to brake loses.

What does this work on?

Turn taking (For kids that are working on socialization and/or verbalization- have each player go and then invite the next player to go..."David, it is you turn." Encouraging eye contact when possible.)

Sensory- it's wet and cold. This can easily be made more sensory by mixing in table salt or sand (mixed with the ice). Make it slimy/slippery by mixing in bit a dish soap. Freeze water with a drop or two of food dye and for a more colorful game (as the ice melts it will leave pretty colors on the tissue paper). To engage their sense of smell by freezing the water with scents (vanilla, peppermint, lemon) or mix a drop or two in the ice/water combo.

Fine motor control- Grade it up by using tiny round Sonic-type ice.

Pressure modulation- Carefully controlling their movements so they don't BREAK the ice. 

Have fun!

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