Even if your toddler has never heard of Frozen, she's bound to love,
an ice bath sensory play!
There's something about ice and its freezing cold sensation that draw children (and even adults) to it. Since young children rely greatly on their sense of touch in sensory play, nothing stimulates them more quickly than feeling an instant difference in temperature with their fingers and hands!
How to Set Up this Ice Bath Sensory Play
- Find a shallow waterproof tub that can hold water and ice cubes
- Put ice cubes into it (I chose to put in bigger-sized ice cubes so they don't melt as quickly and play time can be longer. Also, I know Gwen would immediately put the ice cubes into her mouth and I didn't want them of choking hazard size)
- Add some water so the ice cubes can move around in the tub (when the water gets too cold for your little one, simply drain it and refill with warmer water)
- Put tools that can be used for holding and transfer of ice in the tub. A soup strainer's good to include for separating ice from water
Gwen's Reaction to This Ice Bath Activity
Gwen immediately sucked on the ice, enjoying the sensation of coldness in her mouth. In fact she held the ice so long that I was worried she'll get frostbite! Finally when the cold got to her, she gave a little whine and showed me her hand to tell me that the cold hurt. I got her to place the ice cubes in the warm water and watch them become smaller (i.e. melt.)
Gwen also shook the tub to make the ice cubes clink together. She was learning properties about the ice and exploring the relationship between ice and water as she did so.
Finally we poured and transferred ice and water using the utensils. It was a great way to refine her motor skills!
How to Level-up This Activity for Older Toddlers
- Add blue food colouring and toys to construct an underwater scene e.g. Atlantic City
- Freeze small toys within the ice cubes and encourage your toddler to think of ways to break/melt the ice quickly to get to them
This is a terrific indoor plus outdoor activity and engages young children for a very long time. Just be sure to keep an eye on them during this activity because ice cubes that are swallowed could present a choking risk.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.