It’s hot today… so hot… And when it’s hot, or even when it’s not, one of my standby, easy sensory play activities is ice play.
It doesn’t need to be a hot summers day to enjoy this easy sensory play idea.
Ice is a fun, free, and awesome sensory play item. You can simple add ice blocks to a bowl, tub, or water table, or you can try this easy sensory play idea.
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.
Twenty Fun Things to Freeze in Ice Blocks
I set my big kids a challenge to come up with a list of things we could freeze into ice blocks. They spent the morning looking for small treasures we could freeze and writing lists. Here is the list of ideas they came up with.
- 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
We used recycled yoghurt containers and other small storage containers to freeze our treasures. 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), add 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.
You could also add a hammer and screwdriver for bigger kids to chip away at 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.
What cool freezable things would you add to our list??
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