Whilst hunting through the freezer this morning I came across some sparkly blue ice cubes that I had forgotten about and had planned to use for some Frozen sensory play. With it being freezing outside again today and after an hour of playing in what little snow we’ve had the Little Tots came back in and got stuck straight in with this gloriously messy and cold sensory bin…and of course the first thing they said when they saw it was “Yay Frozen!”
The warmth of the shaving cream and cold of the ice cubes as well as the hardness of the sequins made this an amazing sensory experience as well as super messy which means very happy Little Tots.
You will need:
- Shaving cream (I used extra sensitive)
- Sparkly ice cubes (blue food colouring and silver glitter)
- Silver glitter / sprinkles / snowflakes or whatever you have
I dumped everything into a shallow tray and left for them to play. One was a bit sure at first so was happy to watch but didn’t take long for him to dive in with both hands and then wipe all over this t-shirt!
As I had the ice cubes ready this took just a few minutes to set up and was played with for over an hour until the Little Tots decided they (and my rug) were messy enough and wanted to get cleaned up.
They used the ice cubes to build a Frozen palace, count, stack and hide under the foam and later added polar bear and penguins making caves for them.
Towards the end the ice cubes started to melt leaving a lovely blue swirl in the shaving cream which the Little Tots enjoyed moving round to spread out the colour. This was also great for mark making and practicing making lines, shapes and patterns in the foam.
Even I couldn’t resist this Frozen sensory play and got stuck in with the Little Tots as well, shaving cream is smooth and silky and is definitely something we will use for a base for a sensory bin again.
More Winter Sensory Bin Fun:
Ways you could further extend this activity might include:
- If you’re lucky enough to have real snow why not put some in a sensory bin.
- Try out our Snow Dough for a fun winter themed sensory bin
- Freeze small toys in ice cubes such as dinosaurs or mini beasts
- Try our Frozen themed playdough or Olaf Playdough
- Check out our Pintrest Frozen Board for lots more Frozen inspired play
- Watch Frozen!!
Areas of Learning
Sensory bins offer a wonderful way to cover many areas of learning and development as set out in the EYFS:
- Communication & Language: Focussed attention, sitting still, building vocabulary, describing their experience.
- Physical Development – picking up small objects, squatting to play.
- Personal, social and emotional development – playing alongside other children, playing cooperatively with a familiar adult.
- Expressive arts and design – Explores and experiments with a range of media through sensory exploration, and using whole body, beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things, constructs with a purpose in mind (building an ice world)
- Maths – counting and sorting ice cubes
- Literacy – mark making in the shaving cream
- Understanding the World: talking about the living world and their experiences,understanding of ice melting / why it melts.
Read my blog post about Early Years Outcomes v Development Matters and which document I use.