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Mice on Ice is a great book to increase phonological awareness (the ability to hear the smaller sounds in words) with children. This is necessary to the development of reading and is, therefore, a useful and fun skill to practice. Encourage your child to come up with other rhymes for "ice" and "cat," 2 prominent rhymes in the book. Accept all answers, even nonsense words as the point is to develop the awareness of the sounds. If your child says "sice" for example, you might say "that is a great rhyming word, and so funny. Let's see if we can come up with some other made up words that rhyme with "ice."
Songs & Activities:
I Love Ice
(sung to the tune of "3 Blind Mice" - clap to the rhythm)
I love ice,
I love ice.
It's so nice,
It's so nice.
I love to put ice in my drink,
I love to skate around the rink,
I love to play with ice in the sink,
I love ice!
(borrowed from Jean Warren - Warren Publishing House)
(sung to the tune of "Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?" - skate in place, then stand up and sit down throughout the song)
Have you ever gone ice skating, ice skating, ice skating,
Have you ever gone ice skating, then whoops - you fell down?
One minute, you're standing,
The next, you are landing.
Have you even gone ice skating, then whoops - you fell down?!
Play with language by rhyming new words with the ones in the book "Mice on Ice"
Ice, nice, mice, dice, lice, rice, etc.
Cat, hat, bat, mat, sat, vat, fat, pat, etc.
Throw in some silly words too - like bekice or jadat!
Ice Skating Rink Drawing
Play some music ("Skater's Waltz") is a good choice. Demonstrate how to draw to the rhythm of the music. Provide a piece of light blue paper and some white chalk. Have your child "skate" the chalk around the paper, creating ice skate marks. Encourage him/her to vary the marks depending on the song, adding loops, zig zags, and circles, for example.
Another option is to create ice skates to glue onto the finished chalk drawings.
Enjoy ice pops, ice cream, shaved ice, etc. to go along with the theme.
Other Fun Ideas To Try:
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