The hammer and chisel method is what we were teaching and hoping he’d use, but in the end it was just the hammer that B had the most fun pounding away with.
Luckily, I froze two bowls because the first one was too deep and solid for him to break. My husband did all of the breaking while B waited along side him to get the toys out with his pliers. The second bowl was shallow and easy for B to break with just the hammer.
I don’t know why I wasn’t prepared for this part, but there were ice pieces (big and small) flying everywhere! We would have done it outside if it wasn’t so hot (over 100 degrees). Today I froze a few more bowls of “treasures”. Each time he tries it, he gets more comfortable and independent with the activity. Loved it!
I saw this activity at Chasing Cheerios the other day and couldn’t wait to try it!