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Summer Ice Lolly Activity

This simple ‘cooking’ activity is suitable for all age groups and is created to help keep young children cool, while engaging their senses. It has the multiple benefits of being easy to create and linking to many areas of the EYFS Development Matters. With a handful of items, this activity can help to develop health and self-care, understanding the world and it’s also delicious!

Photographer: Dwayne Legrand | Source: Unsplash

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:

What you will need:

· Lolly moulds (or plastic cups and lolly sticks)

· Fruit squash

· Water

· Selection of seasonal berries-strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.

· Sticky labels and a pen

Preparing the activity:

1. Mix up a jug of chosen fruit squash.

2. Chop berries into age-appropriate sizes and place into bowls.

3. Get making!

Photographer: sheri silver | Source: Unsplash

Doing the activity:

When creating their fruity ice lollies, the children will firstly need to select their fruit. In their lolly mould or cup allow them to place several berries. They will need to add more or less depending on the size of the mould and the berries, but it shouldn’t be more than 1/3 full. Also ensure moulds or cups are labelled so children get to eat the lolly containing the fruit they actually chose.

Then assist them with pouring the squash into the mould/cup until almost full. If using moulds, clip on the base and pop them in the freezer. If using cups and lolly sticks, push the lolly stick into a berry with a flat edge to stop it leaning over, place it in the cup, then in the freezer they go.

The next hot, sunny day that the children come in, their tasty lollies will be ready to devour! During snack time or whenever appropriate, let the children enjoy their lollies and introduce them to new vocabulary, encouraging them to describe what they are tasting (sweet, sour, freezing, crunching, melting, etc).

Photographer: Sharon McCutcheon | Source: Unsplash

This activity can be tied in with a couple of scientific aspects. Observing both the freezing of the water and also the effects on their body; acknowledging how they feel beforehand, as in hot or sweaty, then after eating the lolly, have they cooled down and feel refreshed?

As with any food related activities, be sure to check children’s allergies and intolerances before beginning.

Tracking the activity:

0-11 months

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Explores objects with mouth, often picking up an object and holding it to the mouth

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Anticipates food routines with interest

8-20 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Interacts with others and explores new situations when supported by familiar person

16-26 months

Communication and Language: Understanding- Understands simple sentences (e.g. ‘Throw the ball.’)

Communication and Language: Speaking- Uses different types of everyday words (nouns, verbs and adjectives, e.g. banana, go, sleep, hot)

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Develops own likes and dislikes in food and drink

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Willing to try new food textures and tastes

22-36 months

Communication and Language: Understanding- Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little)

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools

30-50 months

Communication and Language: Understanding- Responds to simple instructions, e.g. to get or put away an object

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Observes the effects of activity on their bodies

40-60 months

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Eats a healthy range of foodstuffs and understands need for variety in food