The Frozen Alphabet

Learn letters, explore, and play with "The Frozen Alphabet"! All you need to get started are letters and water.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. 2+ hours

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    To prepare for "The Frozen Alphabet", put one plastic letter in each part of the ice cube tray or in a small container, fill it with water, and freeze. The plastic letters wanted to float so I pushed them down in the tray and the container as much as possible.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    I filled our sand table with water and dumped the letter ice cubes in. If you don't have a sand or water table you can use a large container filled with water or even a small baby pool.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Grab the letters with your hands, a slotted spoon, tongs, or a net. If they were still frozen, N had to put it back and look for a new one. She felt sorry for the letters all frozen in those ice cubes and decided she wanted to help them escape.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    As you help each letter escape its cube, say the letter and/or letter sound and transfer it to "safety" (a bowl or tray).

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    She was so happy to rescue the letter M for me! To put a twist on this activity, fill your water table or container with ice and just a little water and hide the letters in the ice. Your child can explore and dig through the cold cubes to find the letters.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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