Ice Painting

A fun and interesting activity to do during the summer months, is Ice painting. Simply get some different coloured paints or food colouring, add water and freeze in containers. Add lolly sticks so that your learner can hold these when painting with the ice. You may need to add the sticks as the blocks are beginning to freeze. This may require some set up at your learners house, maybe at the end of your session, ready for your next session.  This activity will offer opportunities for important play skill around arts in crafts (IP* 7a, 13a, 13M), including copying a model (VP-MTS† 11M), asking people to be careful of their project, or sharing their project with others (IP* 13d). In addition, you’re learner can be encouraged to mand (request) for different colours, different resources, and help (Mand 1M-9M). In addition they may ask you to complete actions to help them make a pattern or picture, for example “draw a circle” (mand 7M). In addition, this activity offers an opportunity to talk about cold vs hot as an adjective (LR** 13M. Tact 13c, 13d, 13M) and different colours (LR** 10b, 11b. Tact  10d, 11M)

Preceding skills reference to the VB-MAPP Assessment tool:

Sundberg, M. L. (2008) Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: The VB-MAPP. Concord, CA: AVB Press.

*IP: Independent Play, †VP-MTS: Visual Perceptual skills and match-to-sample. **LR: Listener Responding.

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