Are you looking for an easy and creative way to learn the ABCs with your preschooler?
Then, look no further because this Don’t Break The Ice letter Smash will be right up your alley!
Keep reading to learn how to play this Don’t Break the Ice letter smash game and get your child repeating the ABCs today!
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What do you need for this Don’t Break the Ice Letter Smash game?
For this game you need very few materials, you might already even have them at home!
- Break the Ice game
- Dry-Erase Marker
- Alphabet flashcards
For the alphabet flashcards you an either make your own, or you can use my free printable ABC flashcards that are in Spanish, but you can simply remove the Ñ for the English alphabet!
How to set up this game
To set up this game, prepare your Break the Ice game by inserting all of the ice pieces into the frame.
Next, once you have placed all of the ice pieces into the frame, take your Dry-Erase Marker and, in a random order, write the alphabet on the pieces. Make sure not to write any letter on the center piece (the piece with four ice cubes together) where the penguin will sit. That will defeat the game’s purpose because you don’t want the penguin to fall!
*Note: not all of the ice pieces will have a letter, and that’s okay. You do not need to fill all of the ice pieces with a letter.
Then, take your ABC flashcards and put them face down on the floor.
You are all set up. Time to play!
How to play this Don’t Break the Ice letter smash game
With your ABC flashcards face down, have your child pick up a flashcard. Help them identify the letter of the alphabet they chose. Then, talk about the letter, its shape, sound, and what makes it unique.
Next, see if your child can identify the letter on the ice rink. If they cannot the first few times, help them. You will see how empowered they will become to find the letter independently.
Once they find the letter, have them break that letter out of the ice. Make sure your child knows that the game’s goal is to keep the center piece of ice with the penguin intact.
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Keep playing until the penguin falls!
Once the penguin falls, put the game together again and play repeatedly.
Another way to play this game is to break the ice in alphabetical order. Doing this will help your child learn their ABCs in order. It will also change the dynamic of each game too as the ice cubes will be set up differently for each game!
How far into the alphabet can you get before the penguin falls?
Through this playful repetition in either version of the game, your child should learn the alphabet in no time!
I hope your child enjoys this creative game of Don’t Break the Ice letter smash to learn the ABCs! Stay tuned for my next post with a round up of more fun ways to learn the ABCs!