The heat of summer is here. The kids were wanting to play outside. Our pool feels like a warm bath not a refreshing oasis so that was not an option. We had a 10 pound bag of ice left over from Ava’s birthday party and I had an idea…sensory play with ice on this super hot day!
Sensory play involves any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Stimulating children’s senses helps them develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally,
Creating an ice sensory play event was super easy. I went into the kitchen and grabbed a few bowls, spoons, bottles of colored water, ice, and some shaving cream for good measure! The kid’s faces lit up when I presented them with the ice sensory play experience!
We headed out to the front yard to play. The first thing that they did was make rainbow soup…..
Audrey really loved the shaving cream……
Alex wanted to see how high he could throw the ice….
Ava wanted to share the ice with the plants…..
This was an afternoon of having fun with ice sensory play. It is amazing how a few simple household items can provide hours of play!
Sensory play is fun and easy to create. It is also so very important. Sensory play stimulates the senses and sends signals to children’s brains that help to strengthen neural pathways important for all types of learning. It is a great way to burn off some steam as well. When things get tense around the house and the bickering starts among my children I try to present a sensory play activity, it really turns their moods around.
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