Friday, February 19, 2010

Ice Pictures

Assalamu alaikum,

A winter nature walk, melted snow, collected twigs, pine needles, tree bark, stones, or whatever goodies you and your little one can find make this winter craft especially nice. Use all of these collected wonders that Allah has Created to make an ice picture insha'Allah:

I stumbled upon this beautiful (and easy) craft on My Little Hen and children as young as nine months old can enjoy this craft because if they are given the items in their hand, they can drop them into the aluminum pan. Older infants can actually go beyond that and collect the snow, allow it to melt and pour the water into the aluminum pan insha'Allah.

When the picture was frozen and ready to be explored, I took the opportunity to point out and name each of the items encased in the ice and mention that it is Allah who Created each of these things, including the ice. I also used this time to introduce and reinforce the concept of temperature and textures (i.e. cold, rough, smooth, etc.). This was an activity that was truly enjoyed alhamdulillah.

This is a great motor and sensory activity for infants and toddlers during the winter months and I hope you and your children have the chance to make an ice picture insha'Allah.

*Note: I recommend using melted snow because for many around the world, water is a precious, and often hard to come by, resource. I do not know the Islamic ruling on using water on such an activity as this but to err on the side of caution I thought it best to use melted snow instead of water that can be used to drink or cook with and waallahu alim.*

Enjoy insha'Allah!


  1. mashaAllah. you are so careful. I bookmarked your blog for ideas. my son is still too young but I LOVE your ideas mashaAllah.

  2. MashaAllaah! Awesome craft idea! InshaAllaah I'll do it with my son. Sister, May Allaah reward you for your noble work. I always come to your blog for ideas, although I don't comment! But I say " Allaah reward this sister with goodness!" Thank you!

  3. Assalamu alaikium,
    dear tuttie, jazakillahu khayr for your kind words (smile). Alhamdulillah....all of the good is from Allah Alone and I am happy that you enjoy the blog alhamdulillah.

  4. Assalamu alaikum
    dear sis Umm Abdul Aziz, jazakillahu khayr dear sis and I am indebted to your for your kind dua which I am in need of (hug).

    I hope that Allah allows me to continue in my efforts to give something that is khayr to the ummah's youth.

    I'd love to see your son's ice picture insha'Allah. If you want to send a picture of it, I'll add it to this post insha'Allah (smile). This idea was not mine. Did you see the blog where I found it? I think that one was so very nice.

    Please pass my salam to your son inhsa'Allah. I hope he enjoys this craft activity insha'Allah.

  5. Thank you for mentioning MY Little Hen's ice pictures. I respect and admire all the great projects you are showing on your blog. I hope to have more nature crafts and simple crafts on my blog over the next several months as spring slowly begins in our area.

  6. Ms. Grant, thank you for your kind comment. I stumbled upon your blog and spent time browsing as I found many of your posts and crafts very relaxing and nature oriented. I appreciate your focus on home and family. I will be visiting your blog again soon God-Willing. Thank you again.

  7. assalam alaikum
    sister, I'd certainly love to take and send you the pictures of my son's work, but very very sadly our camera got broken.
    But we did ice pictures 3 times! My son loves to collect different pebbles when we go out for nature walk. So his 1st ice work was made mainly from pebbles. Second one had leaves,twig and one round stone :). The third one is still is on our freezer. This one has yellow spring flowers and fresh greens and one mushroom. My son loves to play with ice, he is so fascinated to see his stones in the ice :); and when his hands get really cold he comes and puts them on my face to warm them up! and that's my favorite part!

  8. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Khayr insha'Allah dear sis Umm Abdul Aziz. I would certainly love to see them as the one with mushrooms sounds like it turned out beautifully masha'Allah and I'm sure the others did too masha'Allah (smile). This is such a nice craft alhamdulillah. The main thing is that your son enjoyed them Alhamdulillah and it sounds like you both go for natures walks often masha'Allah! May Allah reward you dear sis!


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