A couple of years ago, I had a co-op option at Seedlings. Parents could volunteer their time in the classroom in exchange for reduced tuition. I also asked for lesson ideas from my volunteers. Icy Sensory Play is one of those ideas. The wonderful Mama who suggested 'just letting the kids play with ice' was so unsure of her idea. She worried it was boring or 'too simple' and even I wondered how long the ice would keep the children engaged, but this activity was one of the first things on my lesson plans this year for a good reason: it IS simple, but it keeps the children's interest for a very, very, VERY long time.
The set up is easy too, just have lots of ice available (I made some in different shapes this year) and provide various bowls, cups, large utensils and tongs and let the kiddos loose!
I tried to get a picture of my adorable penguin ice, but Bear simply HAD to have that particular piece at that exact moment!
Even Bird popped in to check things out, but she really just liked all of the cups.
And there you have it! Easy Icy Sensory Play! Try it!