Let’s play color ice hockey

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…

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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…

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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…

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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…

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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…

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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…

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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…

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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

Color Ice Hockey by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-01-05T01:53:23+00:00January 5th, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Beth January 5, 2014 at 8:56 am - Reply

    This is great! I have been saving those applesauce lids for about 2 months now from lunchtime and have quite a lot. I’ve been looking for different ways to use them and this looks fun! Now I just need to find a large bin….
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heidi Butkus January 5, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

    What a wonderfully creative activity! I love that it is open ended, too! You are awesome!
    Heidi Butkus

  3. Emma January 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea! I knew there had to be something good to come out of this frigid weather! 🙂

  4. Laura @ Lalymom January 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    This is so incredibly cool!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Cheryl January 5, 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    So, we are all wondering……….where did you get that awesome bin from??!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 5, 2014 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Cheryl,
      The bin is a light weight plastic bin that normally sits underneath a washing machine. I purchased mine from Home Depot or Lowes. 🙂

      • Cheryl January 9, 2014 at 1:35 am

        BRILLIANT!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

  6. Stacy @ Share&Remember January 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    You are awesome! Great idea!! Something fun & different!

  7. andie jaye January 8, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

    ohmigracious! am in love with this! i think that Bear would absolutely have a blast with this. I’ve just got to get my hands on some lids…. have shared and pinned 🙂

  8. Daycare diva January 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Love all your great table top trays where do you find them?

    • Courtney Floyd January 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      This is an overflow tray for a washing machine. You can find them at hardware or appliance stores.

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