Arctic Ice Sensory Play

arctic ice sensory playI ordered these Arctic Animals a few weeks ago and we’ve been playing with them in playdough snow and with our other animal figurines but this arctic ice sensory tub was by far our favorite way to play. My daughter was absolutely in love with this and it’s so easy and cheap to make. The one big word of caution is that this much ice is heavy so please be careful that it’s on a stable surface and not somewhere that it could fall and hurt someone.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a plastic tub that will fit in your freezer( dollar store !) , a smaller plastic container, something heavy to place in the container ( I used frozen chicken sausage), a freezer and some arctic animals.
  2. Start by filling your tub part way with water. Do not fill it all the way it will be so heavy and possibly dangerous. Place the smaller container in and weigh it down. This will create a open area for water inside the icy terrain. Freeze.arctic ice play for kids
  3. Remove the smaller container and fill the open area with water. I filled mine with lukewarm water. artic ice play for kids and toddlers
  4. Add animals and play.arctic ice activity We kept ours low to the ground arcticon a stool in the bathroom so spills and splashes could be no biggie ( and also because the light it way better for pictures than in my kitchen). The next few times we played we played in the kitchen on a towel on the floor.
  5. Talk about which animals stay on land , which live only in the water and which can swim and walk on land. arctic sensory playWe talked a bit about predators and prey as well ( especially when her brother joined in the next day).  We noticed how the water was so cold even though it was warm-ish when we poured it in and why that was. And most importantly we played and played and played. arctic animal and ice sensory play
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  1. says

    This is such a fun and creative idea. I wish I had thought of this when I was teaching young children with autism. I really think they would have loved it! Happy New Year!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness.. awesome! We played with snow inside in small containers with tools the other day and they had a blast. I love the idea of combining learning about artic animals with the ice play. so cool. Thanks for sharing.

    Jen :)

  3. says

    Genius Allie! I pinned this yesterday but had to come back and let you know how fabulous I thought this is. Maybe we’ll let our princesses go on an adventure to the arctic this afternoon. Water play is always a hit at our house!

    • admin says

      I showed my little girl your Princess bath and we will be doing it asap! We actually made a Princess craft that I will blog about next week.

  4. says

    What fun! We did a blubber mitt experiment in icy cold arctic water. This would have made a great addition. Next time we go on an “Arctic Expedition”, we’ll do this. Thanks.

  5. Tiffany says

    That’s awesome! How long till the ice melts? I work with autistic children and in a group program which usually lasts 3 hours, will it make it through all 6 of my groups?


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