Over the last few weeks we have been experiencing with ice play. It all started after I read about Ice Play Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands and ever since then the kids have been addicted! Who knew playing with ice could be so much fun!?! So far we have rescued dinosaurs, sea creatures, astronauts and various other figures from our toob collection. Ice play is a great sensory experience. Whether the feel of the cold ice, watching the ice melt, or smashing the ice my kids absolutely loved playing with it!
I started off using some containers and throwing in some things like starfish and turtles basically things from under the sea. As 'accent ice' I filled some bathroom cups with water, froze them and added them to our sensory table, they look like mini ice castles! You could even add some food coloring as we did with our sea creatures.
'Rescuing' the sea turtle
I wanted something taller to freeze so I started rinsing out some plastic cups, filling with water and adding whatever figures or things inside and then freezing. I also layered the ice which means I filled the cup part way, froze, put in whatever figure I wanted, filled with water again and froze again. The ice comes right out after leaving it out for a few minutes or running under warm water, works the same way when using a container.
The kids trying to melt the ice by pouring warm water over it!
'Rescuing' more of our trapped figures!
More excitement came after I read about frozen dinosaur eggs! Find out how to make frozen dinosaur eggs at Little Bins for Little Hands. This activity is so cool and so easy to do! Both my 8 and 4 year old were super excited to 'rescue' the dinosaur! That's how we've handled our ice play so far - always trying to 'rescue' whatever is trapped inside the ice, which makes for great imaginary play too!
Check out these 2 other sites that also share their fun with dinosaur ice eggs: Paging Fun Mums and A Nest for All Seasons.