Ice Skating Peg Animals

I am a huge fan of Twinkl, we have been using the learning resource website for quite some time now, and I have a few craft blog posts coming up. The Twinkl website has such good resources for parents, childminders, teachers and nursery practitioners. The resources have been really useful and I have enjoyed using them with Emily. Naturally when I heard about Enkl, I was interested and wanted to see if I could use the resources in a sensory play activity with Emily.

Enkl is all about great craft activities for parents and children to work on together whilst the results have a more grown up feel. The Enkl range has more neutral and retro colours apposed to the bright ones I normally see on Twinkl website. I decided to try the Enkl safari and woodland peg animals. The resources are super quick to download as a PDF. You then just print the peg animals and your away. I used some white card to print out animals, which worked out perfectly, and I was really impressed with how they turned out.

You simply cut out the animals, which is pretty straight forward, and the you fold them along the lines. The instructions that come with the PDF recommend you score the lines. I just used a ruler and it worked just as well. This is obviously a part that Emily can't do as she is just shy of two, I did find it fun though. I then glued the animals using a pritt stick, this part Emily was more than happy to help with. I then took a circle ice cube tray, and filled it with water, adding a couple of drops of food colouring into the tray. I opted for red and green, as we have been focusing on colours these past few weeks. I then stood the pegs up in the ice cube tray and left it to freeze overnight. 

When I woke up in the morning I simply slid the card animals into the pegs, and I was done. I got out our tuff spot, covered it in paper, and let Emily use the animals to make marks on the paper. She really enjoyed watching the ice make different coloured marks onto the paper, she was also really interested in what sounds the animals made, and what the various animals were. 

The pegs were easy to grip onto, and made pushing the ice around the paper easy. Emily loved to make dots on the paper with the ice cubes, and then realised she could make circles, she enjoyed watching the ice melt for a little while and then began pushing harder to see what would happen. After a few bashes the ice began to break, which provided her with a whole new thing to explore. 

This activity is a brilliant sensory activity, and is great for the warmer weather we are currently dealing with. A few times Emily put the ice cubes into her mouth and I wasn't at all worried as it is just water with food colouring, there was nothing harmful abouut it. It was also a great way to get Emily communicating and talking. It is also a really easy activity to put together that can provide hours of fun.

Areas of learning
As a nursery practitioner I was required to track the development of the children in my care. Using the 7 areas of learning and development as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Using the Early Years objectives as a guide I was able to observe the following during play.

Communication and language
- Selects familiar objects by name and will go and find objects when asked, or identify objects from a group.
- Understands use of objects (e.g. “What do we use to cut things?’)
physical development
- Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.
- Imitates drawing simple shapes such as circles and lines.
Personal, social and emotional development
- seek out others to share experiences.
- Distinguishes between the different marks they make.
Expressive arts and designs
Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks

The Early Years Outcomes document is a non statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others such as ofsted, throught the Early Years as a guide for making best fit judgement about whether a child is showing typical behaviour for their age, may be at risk of delay or ahead for their age.

- We received a Premium Subscription from Twinkl to review, all opinons are my own.


  1. What a great idea, will have to have a quick look at this site as this idea is simple yet looks lots of fun.

  2. This looks like a great sensory game. Like the sound of it.

  3. This looks incredible, such an amazing and simple idea x

  4. Such a good idea babe, you're too good!
    Perfect for this weather too.

    I might make a character one for Oscar of his favourite super heroes.

    Paige - xxxx

  5. How cute is this!This is such a creative idea, Kudos to you!!

  6. What a great idea!! So sweet, creative and fun :)


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