Ice Cube Tray Activities

I love ice cube tray activities! From one to one correspondence to sorting and counting to games, the possibilities are endless!
ice cube tray activities
You can find this ice cube tray at most grocery stores and I really like how many spots it has for these games.
For these activities you will also need:
  • dice
  • counters (mini erasers, pom poms, cereal, paper clips, garden stones, etc.)


ice cube tray activities

Activity 1

  • Each player uses a different counter.
  • Take turns rolling the dice and putting that amount of counters in the tray.
  • Try to work from top to bottom, left to right.
  • When the tray is full, count how many you have in the tray.
  • Whoever has the most, wins!
Targeted Skills:
Number Identification
One to One Correspondence
Beginning Reading Skills (top to bottom, left to right)


ice cube tray activities

Activity 2 

The Toddler Version
  • Put one counter in each spot. Try to work Top to Bottom, Left to Right. When the tray is full you win.
  • Roll a die and put the corresponding number of counters in the tray. When it is full, you win.
  • Use tongs or tweezers to transfer pom poms or erasers to the tray.
  • Use the tray for sorting 3 different items, a different item into each row.
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  • Reply Jen

    love the target $ spot. Great ideas.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply e-Expeditions

    Love this!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Deirdre

    Love these ideas, can’t wait to hit up the traget dollat spot!

    January 15, 2012 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Jackie H.

    I love how you have 2 levels of activities!

    January 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling

    We have been using this tray for fine motor activities. Love Target! I would love for you to share this at my tray link party.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:46 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    This is a great idea, but I would be very, very concerned about these small items being choking hazards for young children. Remember, anything that fits through a toilet paper tube is considered a choking hazard.

    January 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    I agree. Kids should be monitored at all times with small objects like this.

    January 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling

    Thank you so much for sharing this idea at WOTT! Did you get the erasers at Party City? I have been meaning to pick up a bag of their Valentine erasers because they have so many more than the Dollar Tree packages. Hope to see you share something new this week!

    January 18, 2012 at 3:33 am
  • Reply Jujube

    I have those ice cube trays. Are they dishwasher safe?

    March 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      Yes, I put mine on the top rack of the dishwasher.

      March 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

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