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Sensory ICE Play

I am excited to share an incredibly easy summer activity that packs a punch! .….Ice sensory play!

I know this isn't an original idea, as many others have played with coloured ice.  However, it's always a hit with the kids in the Rising Stars room.  Kids like this for a reason, and it's always a part of our summer fun!

Some benefits to coloured ICE sensory play:

  • It's a FUN activity for the kiddos especially on a hot day!
  • It's easy to set and clean up.
  • There's little to no expenses to it.
  • This activity lasts for hours upon hours!
  • Kids of different ages enjoy playing with colourful ice!
  • It's a great sensory experience!

Sensory play can promote many learning experiences:

  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Sensory play uses all 5 senses.
  • Infants and toddlers process information through their senses.
  • Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented and is the purest sense of exploratory learning.
  • Sensory play offers children the opportunity to express themselves because there is no right or wrong answer.This helps build their self-esteem which allows children to feel safe to change and or experiment further.
  • Sensory play gives children the chance to experiment language by hearing, using and copying descriptive words, thus developing their language development.
  • Sensory play gives them opportunities to develop their social skills by practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. These opportunities also help children to work out problems, experiment and find solutions.
  • Lastly sensory play encourages imagination and creative play.