I took some small foam letters (from the dollar store) and stuck them to paper with double-sided tape. I made a copy of the paper and laminated it. You could skip this step by just writing the letters you're going to use on a piece of paper.
colored ice. (The letters are made of foam and want to float so I filled the ice cube trays half full with the letter on top, froze them, then added more water and put them back in the freezer. This is also a good chance to make multi-colored ice cubes!)
Letter Sounds - hide small toys with the letters and have them match the beginning letter sound
Site Words - make a list of your child's sight words, or skip the paper part and see what words they can make from the letters you've hidden in the ice.
Spelling Words - hide all the letters they need to make the words on their spelling list (Since I'm not a huge fan of spelling lists, I feel compelled to offer you an alternative. Start with a prefix or suffix and hide different letters needed to make words with that prefix or suffix.)
Secret Message - Hide the letters that spell out a secret message, which the kids would have to unscramble after finding the letters. Obviously, you'd need to tailor it to your child. Beginning readers might just have one word, while older readers could unscramble longer messages. Some secret messages could be:
- You are so cool.
- Glad you didn't have a meltdown!
- Playing with ice is snow joke.