We are pretty big TMNT fans around here, so coming up with a new idea for this post was a little trying. We already shared 15 things you can do with your TMNT fan and last October we talked about our TMNT family group costume and a TMNT small world play activity. This time I thought I’d focus on just the sensory aspect of play, but LittleMan surprised me by creating an elaborate storyline using the very few utensils I provided.
For this activity I first put our Ninja Turtle miniature figures into balloons and filled them with water, I put the balloons into the freezer for a few hours to freeze. While the balloons were freezing, I also made a tray of lime Jello. At the bottom of the jello I put magnetic letters, “TMNT.” Once the water balloons had mostly frozen and the Jello had set, I cut the ice free from the balloons and placed the ice onto the jello along with some salt and small spoons.
The first thing the kids did was scoop salt and pour it onto the ice in an attempt to melt it away and free their toys.
Eventually they took a break from this and instead enjoyed mixing the Jello and salt with the spoons.
After awhile the ice began to melt on its own and they worked harder to free the Ninja Turtle figures by any means. Mostly they used their spoons to chip the ice away, but at one point LittleMan fetched a cup of warm water to dunk the ice into.
When all the turtles had been freed, LittleMan and SunnyGirl both proceeded to spend another 40 minutes squeezing the (now very watery, salty) Jello in their fists and splashing it about in the tray.
LittleMan spoke of how the turtles hatched out of their eggs and how they relied on outside sources for heat and even some of the things they were likely to eat (reviewing some things he learned recently when we read a book about reptiles), then recited what he knew of the Ninja Turtle’s origin story and the green ooze that made them mutants (an early literacy skill we are always happy to see practiced).
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.