For my Ice: Play Time Challenge, I decided to put little 'treasures' into a silicone muffin tray, cover with water and freeze. In the morning, they were my ice treasures! I had some shells, a rubber ball and some coins for Eden's money box inside, and it was her task to find a way to get the treasures out.
I placed the ice inside a shallow tub with some spoons, a measuring cup and a container of warm water and just let her experiment with them. With Daddy's help, she quickly discovered how to melt the ice in the water to release the treasures inside!
Eden loved, loved, LOVED tackling this challenge! She enjoyed playing with the ice and watching it melt slooooowly in her hands, and she liked how 'swipperwy' it was too. Most of all, I think she really enjoyed the stimulation of her senses and also of her problem-solving faculties. She, like most toddlers, enjoys the opportunity to discover something new (in this case, how to melt ice, seeing how it changes back to water, etc).
How have you introduced ice to your child?