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Ice Activities for Kids
When it comes to combining science with sensory play you can’t beat ice activities! They’re just as fun in the winter months as they are in the heat of the summer. And today we have everything from melting ice activities to a genius idea for playing with ice that doesn’t melt!
20 Fun Things to Freeze in Ice Blocks
The easiest way to set up some ice play for your kids is to freeze random items in to ice blocks, and this list of 20 things is sure to get you off to a great start!
Ice Ocean Sensory Play and Ice Melt Activity
Add some food colouring to your ice blocks and the end result is totally soothing on the eyes! This sensory play activity is a great choice if you want to encourage your child to learn more about the ocean while they’re having fun playing and exploring how ice melts.
Ice Experiment for Kids
Here’s another winter science experiment for your child to see what happens to ice when met with different ingredients you can find in your kitchen.
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs Excavation Ice Science Activity
We made some of these frozen dinosaur eggs last summer and they were a big hit with my four year old twins. Mastering the ice droppers is really good for working their fine motor skills and exercising their hand muscles which is important for writing skills.
Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt and Liquid Watercolors
Here’s a fun activity where science meets art and is the perfect sensory play activity for kids of all ages. The melting ice and watercolour combo is really beautiful don’t you think.
Ice Block Treasure Hunt
This is most definitely a summer ice activity, especially if you decide to make your ice blocks this big! With a little help from the sun and some spray bottles of water or even a hammer your child will spend a long time digging all of the treasures out of the ice!
Glowing Ice Science for Kids
I had no idea you could make glowing ice! There’s almost something magical about this making it a great science activity for kids who love rainbows or even fairies!
How to Use an Ice Cube Tray for Fine Motor Development
If your child needs extra practice at developing fine motor skills this is a great activity because it’s super easy to set up and you can fill the tray with motivating objects like animals, or dinosaurs etc
Freezing and Melting Objects in Ice
Here’s another large ice block activity that you can try in the summer. I love how Anna encourages her children to find their own treasures, from toys to flowers, to put inside the ice so they can see the difference between objects in water and objects in ice.
Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures Activity for Kids
Am I the only person who sees frozen fractals and launches into a verse of Let it Go in my head? These ice sculptures are just beautiful and great fun for kids of all ages.
Ice Painted Sun Catchers
We love sun catchers but this is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone create one using crushed ice and food dye!
LEGO Science – An Ice Excavation Experiment
The best thing you can do to get your child interested in learning anything is to make it motivating to them. So if your child loves LEGO this is the ice science activity for them!
Rainbow Ice Cube Painting
This is the perfect ice activity for a group of children to do together, and if you use a stretch of white cloth you’ll have a beautiful table runner at the end of the fun!
Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands Activity
Remember what I said about using motivating objects? Doesn’t get more motivating than Elsa’s frozen hands for a child who adores Frozen right?
Tin Foil River and Mini Ice Boats
Frozen ice activities don’t have to all be about melting, what about exploring the floating properties of ice too?
Exploding Pirate Treasure Chests
What do you get when you freeze some coins in a baking soda, jell-o powder mixture? Exploding pirate treasure chests!
Dino Dig – Melting Ice with Salt and Water
If you’re looking for an ice activity to captivate a dinosaur fan you really can’t beat this large scale frozen dino dig!
Ice Cream in a Bag
And here’s another way you can combine ice and science, by making something your child can eat!
If your child doesn’t actually want to hold on to an ice cube to enjoy an ice painting activity then try this genius solution!
Coloured Ice in the Play Pool
If you’re searching for an ice activity for a toddler then here’s a great idea for the summer months… ice sensory play in the paddling pool!
Oh this looks like a fun idea for kids who love playing with chalk outside in the summer months, make a frozen version!
Frozen Ocean Animal Rescue
Here’s another large scale excavation activity which is great for encouraging team work.
Make an Ice Skating Rink with LEGO
This is a fun idea! Especially if your kids were inspired by the Winter Olympics!
Glitter Ice Cubes Sensory Play
These sparkly ice cubes are sure to be a hit whatever the weather!
Water Beads Ice Activity
Ooh we’re always looking for new ways to play with water beads and this looks like a lot of fun!
Frozen Inspired Sensory Play with Shaving Cream and Ice
Wow would you just look at the colour of those ice cubes! And combining the ice with shaving foam is a genius move. Messy play fun for everyone!
Reusable Ice Cube Play
If you’re put off from ice activities because of the mess you need to check out this post which shows you how your child can have fun with the reusable ice cubes that don’t melt!