Twenty Fun Things to Freeze in Ice Blocks!

January 16, 2014

twenty fun things to freeze into ice blocks for cool sensory play!

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

twenty fun things to freeze into ice blocks for cool sensory play!

  1. sequins
  2. glitter
  3. flowers
  4. leaves
  5. glass/plastic gems
  6. gumnuts
  7. small plastic animals/dinosaurs
  8. lego men or pieces of lego
  9. pipe cleaners
  10. herbs – mint and rosemary smell nice
  11. beads
  12. string
  13. scraps of paper
  14. lost marker lids
  15. curling ribbon
  16. grass clippings
  17. fabric scraps
  18. bottle caps
  19. googly eyes
  20. stones/pebbles

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.

twenty fun things to freeze into ice blocks for cool sensory play!

Everyone loved pouring water over the treasures and watching them slowly emerge from the ice.

twenty fun things to freeze into ice blocks for cool sensory play!

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.

twenty fun things to freeze into ice blocks for cool sensory play!

What cool freezable things would you add to our list??

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Kate January 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

What a FABULOUS and very simple idea. Perfect for these hot days.

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Debsch @ Cloth Books for Baby January 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

“What cool freezable things would you add to our list?”
Mummy’s credit card if it is maxed out with debt!!
:)
(I don’t own one but I’ve heard that this is a good way to stop impulse purchases.)

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Sarah January 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

This was brilliant! One kid went and collected outside things, the other inside things. We then looked at what floated and what sunk as we out the water in the tray. Then, as they watched the ice melt, we separated some and added sprinkled salt over them to see how they salt made them melt faster. They then watched and realised that all of the items they had frozen that had salt in them … The sand, the shell, the playdough … All melted more quickly than the other things. Also they noticed the bigger things melted quicker than the smaller things, because there was less water that fit into the cube. What a sensational science lesson that captivated our morning and late arvo. Thanks!!!

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Debs- Learn with Play at Home January 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

Love this! Great idea to challenge the kids to set about finding the things to freeze. We’ve been doing things with ice lately too so we’ll have to give this a go. thanks!

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Carly April 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

For kids who put things in mouth what would u suggest to freeze instead?

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katepickle April 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

For kids who still put things in their mouths just make bigger ice blocks and freeze items that are not small enough to be a choking hazard. So larger plastic animals, large pom poms, duplo blocks, big stones and gems…

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Emma @ P is for Preschooler April 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

I had never thought to freeze things like this, but what a great idea! Keeping this one in mind for the hot summer! We’re going to have the coolest ice in the neighborhood! lol!

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Sandi April 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

This is a COOL idea!

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