It’s hot… so hot…
When it’s hot, or even when it’s not, one of my standby, easy and fun sensory activities is ice play.
The only thing you need for this activity is a little forward thinking, some containers, some water, and some fun things to freeze into ice blocks.
I set my big kid a challenge to come up with a list of things we could freeze into ice blocks. They spent the morning looking for treasures we could freeze and writing lists. Here’s their list.
Twenty Fun Things to Freeze in Ice Blocks
- glass/plastic gems
- small plastic animals/dinosaurs
- lego men or pieces of lego
- pipe cleaners
- herbs – mint and rosemary smell nice
- scraps of paper
- lost marker lids
- curling ribbon
- grass clippings
- fabric scraps
- bottle caps
- googly eyes
And once they are all frozen you get to play!
Dump your ice treasures into a big tub (we use a cheap under bed storage container), some scoops, eye droppers or small containers and a little water to help get things melting.
Everyone loved pouring water over the treasures and watching them slowly emerge from the ice.
Please be aware that some of these items are very small when they melt out of the ice blocks and may not be suitable for children who still put things in their mouths.