Let’s play color ice hockey

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Bring the winter Olympics into your classroom with this fun and simple game!

The weather here is like one giant deep freeze outside which means it is a good time to explore ice. I like to find things I can fill with water and set outside to freeze overnight so we can somehow explore or play with ice like this super cool color ice hockey game…

Preparing the Game

To make our snazzy little ice hockey game, I pulled out my big white tub and put tape lines on the bottom of it to make sections. You need to know that I really didn’t have a specific idea in mind, I just started putting tape down and this is how it all turned out…

Then I set the big pan outside and filled it with water. The water froze overnight and what you see here is now our hockey rink!  We added some plastic hockey pucks (plastic lids) to play with…

Inventing their own Rules to the Game

There really aren’t any “rules” to this game. The children started by seeing if they could slide their hockey pucks either into the space that matched the color of their hockey pucks or keep the other hockey pucks from coming into their hockey color space…

The bigger plastic lids were just a bit large for our hockey rink so I also added the small plastic applesauce lids for the children to use as their hockey pucks too…

We have had the hockey rink for a couple of weeks now. We set it outside when not in play and some days it melts and on other days it freezes again. With a new freeze wave headed our way, we should be able to get lots more time for play with it…

The children can make up their own ice hockey games to play along the way and with the winter Olympics coming soon, we may even be able to tie the hockey game into the Olymics…

It is a very open ended kind of game so we will see where it leads over the next few icy days or weeks…

Available on Amazon

Links to Grow on

Rainbow Snow Sensory Play from Blog Me Mom

Making our Mark in the Snow from Teach Preschool

Ice Play in Preschool from Teach Preschool

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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