“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”
– Maria Montessori
After seeing how to freeze yogurt on several web sites and Pinterest, we gave it a try. Only, we added our own twist to it.
We used strawberry yogurt. Instead of using the bag, the kids used little spoons the size used for infants to spoon the yogurt on the pan.
Adding a little green food coloring, they made a squiggle line with the yogurt so it looked like a green worm. I guess we could have done “Green Eggs and Ham” but we did green worms.
Like many have pointed out, they don’t stay frozen very long. So, was it worth it?
The children had a great time. The freezing “worms” were consumed very quickly. Some natural learning occurred. So, yes, it was worth it. Maybe next time we’ll try making orange eyes for spooky or pink flowers.…who knows where the imagination will take us!
This is an easy activity to include all children whatever the ability and age may be.
As far as learning opportunities:
- fine motor: spooning the yogurt and getting it out of the pan
- conversation: talking about what’s happening, going to happen
- vocabulary building: freeze, frozen, thaw
- science: from liquid to solid and quickly back again
- social skills: taking turns, sharing
- cognitive: problem solving how to get the worms out, how much green food coloring to use, matching how many worms and how many people
- and more….