Summer is a wonderful time to take activities outside and it’s even better when those activities involve ice and water. This ice sensory play will help keep you cool even on the hottest days!
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Scented Ice Sensory Play
Scented ice is easy to make and creates a fun multi-sensory experience for toddlers and preschoolers.
I was inspired by these posts using ice for sensory play: Frozen Excavation and Baby Sensory Play with Ice. We used strong smelling teas to scent our ice and froze it in a muffin tin as well as traditional ice cube tray for variety and some bigger longer lasting ice cubes.
I brewed several cups of different flavored teas. Next I let them cool with the tea bags still in the water to get the strongest possible scent. Then we added food coloring to for a visual sensory experience as well.
For another visual ice experience try painting with ice cubes.
The result was a morning of experimentation and sensory play. We slid cubes across a table, letting the colors mix. We also stacked cubes and sorted by color and scent. We slid them across arms too and we also held them in our hands counting to see how long we could hold them, before letting go.