We are having the best weather this week, it's finally warm enough to actually feel like playing with ice! Grayson loves his castle toys, so I wanted to build a sensory bin geared towards his interests (namely building and destroying)! And, because I'm always trying to work in educational concepts to the activities we do, I decided to spend a little extra time dying the ice so he could practice his colors.
I used this ice cube castle tray to make my cubes in the castle shapes. To get the most vibrant ice cubes, boil a cup of water in the microwave, stir in some gel food coloring and let it cool before pouring it in to the mold and freezing it. When you boil the water the cubes freeze clear instead of cloudy!
I laid down a sheet of white paper in the bottom of our sensory bin to see what kind of melty art the cubes would make! You can see they do color fingers quite a bit, but it washes off with a bit of soap and water.
The kids had fun building their own castles for the Imaginext knights and then knocking them down as the slippery structures inevitably fell or the knights invaded! This will definitely be an activity we'll be repeating throughout the summer!
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