27 Incredible Ice Activities that Are Basically Magic!

Ice activities are a brilliant way to combine sensory play with some science learning. These activities are fun for kids of all ages and are just as perfect in the winter months as they are the summer!

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Ice activities for kids

Ice Activities for Kids

When it comes to combining science with sensory play you can’t beat ice activities! They’re just as fun in the winter months as they are in the heat of the summer. And today we have everything from melting ice activities to a genius idea for playing with ice that doesn’t melt!

20 Fun Things to Freeze in Ice Blocks


Ice play

via Picklebums

The easiest way to set up some ice play for your kids is to freeze random items in to ice blocks, and this list of 20 things is sure to get you off to a great start!

Ice Ocean Sensory Play and Ice Melt Activity


Ice Ocean Sensory Play and Ice Melt Activity

via Little Bins for Little Hands

Add some food colouring to your ice blocks and the end result is totally soothing on the eyes! This sensory play activity is a great choice if you want to encourage your child to learn more about the ocean while they’re having fun playing and exploring how ice melts.

Ice Experiment for Kids


Ice Experiment for Kids

via Inner Child Fun

Here’s another winter science experiment for your child to see what happens to ice when met with different ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

Frozen Dinosaur Eggs Excavation Ice Science Activity


Frozen Dinosaur Eggs Excavation Ice Science Activity

via Little Bins for Little Hands

We made some of these frozen dinosaur eggs last summer and they were a big hit with my four year old twins. Mastering the ice droppers is really good for working their fine motor skills and exercising their hand muscles which is important for writing skills.

Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt and Liquid Watercolors


Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt and Liquid Watercolors

via Artful Parent

Here’s a fun activity where science meets art and is the perfect sensory play activity for kids of all ages. The melting ice and watercolour combo is really beautiful don’t you think.

Ice Block Treasure Hunt


Ice Block Treasure Hunt

via Macaroni Kid

This is most definitely a summer ice activity, especially if you decide to make your ice blocks this big! With a little help from the sun and some spray bottles of water or even a hammer your child will spend a long time digging all of the treasures out of the ice!

Glowing Ice Science for Kids


Glowing Ice Science for Kids

via Growing a Jeweled Rose

I had no idea you could make glowing ice! There’s almost something magical about this making it a great science activity for kids who love rainbows or even fairies!

How to Use an Ice Cube Tray for Fine Motor Development


How to Use an Ice Cube Tray for Fine Motor Development

via Mama OT

If your child needs extra practice at developing fine motor skills this is a great activity because it’s super easy to set up and you can fill the tray with motivating objects like animals, or dinosaurs etc

Freezing and Melting Objects in Ice


Freezing and Melting Objects in Ice

via The Imagination Tree

Here’s another large ice block activity that you can try in the summer. I love how Anna encourages her children to find their own treasures, from toys to flowers, to put inside the ice so they can see the difference between objects in water and objects in ice.

Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures Activity for Kids


Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures Activity for Kids

via Happy Hooligans

Am I the only person who sees frozen fractals and launches into a verse of Let it Go in my head? These ice sculptures are just beautiful and great fun for kids of all ages.

Ice Painted Sun Catchers


Ice Painted Sun Catchers

via Toddler Approved

We love sun catchers but this is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone create one using crushed ice and food dye!

LEGO Science – An Ice Excavation Experiment


LEGO Science - An Ice Excavation Experiment

via Lemon Lime Adventures

The best thing you can do to get your child interested in learning anything is to make it motivating to them. So if your child loves LEGO this is the ice science activity for them!

Rainbow Ice Cube Painting


Rainbow Ice Cube Painting

via Things to Share and Remember

This is the perfect ice activity for a group of children to do together, and if you use a stretch of white cloth you’ll have a beautiful table runner at the end of the fun!

Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands Activity


Melting Elsa's Frozen Hands Activity

via Happy Hooligans

Remember what I said about using motivating objects? Doesn’t get more motivating than Elsa’s frozen hands for a child who adores Frozen right?

Tin Foil River and Mini Ice Boats


Tin Foil River and Mini Ice Boats

via Reading Confetti

Frozen ice activities don’t have to all be about melting, what about exploring the floating properties of ice too?

Exploding Pirate Treasure Chests


Exploding Pirate Treasure Chests

via Fun a Day

What do you get when you freeze some coins in a baking soda, jell-o powder mixture? Exploding pirate treasure chests!

Dino Dig – Melting Ice with Salt and Water


Dino Dig - Melting Ice with Salt and Water

via Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for an ice activity to captivate a dinosaur fan you really can’t beat this large scale frozen dino dig!

Ice Cream in a Bag


Ice Cream in a Bag

via What We Do All Day

And here’s another way you can combine ice and science, by making something your child can eat!

Paintsicles


Paintsicles

via Learn with Play at Home

If your child doesn’t actually want to hold on to an ice cube to enjoy an ice painting activity then try this genius solution!

Coloured Ice in the Play Pool


Coloured Ice in the Play Pool

via Learn Play Imagine

If you’re searching for an ice activity for a toddler then here’s a great idea for the summer months… ice sensory play in the paddling pool!

Ice Chalk


Ice Chalk

via Reading Confetti

Oh this looks like a fun idea for kids who love playing with chalk outside in the summer months, make a frozen version!

Frozen Ocean Animal Rescue


Frozen Ocean Animal Rescue

via Mama Papa Bubba

Here’s another large scale excavation activity which is great for encouraging team work.

Make an Ice Skating Rink with LEGO


Make an Ice Skating Rink with LEGO

via Homeschool Preschool

This is a fun idea! Especially if your kids were inspired by the Winter Olympics!

Glitter Ice Cubes Sensory Play


Glitter Ice Cubes Sensory Play

via Clare’s Little Tots

These sparkly ice cubes are sure to be a hit whatever the weather!

Water Beads Ice Activity


Water Beads Ice Activity

via The Educator’s Spin On It

Ooh we’re always looking for new ways to play with water beads and this looks like a lot of fun!

Frozen Inspired Sensory Play with Shaving Cream and Ice


Frozen Inspired Sensory Play with Shaving Cream and Ice

via Learn Play Imagine

Wow would you just look at the colour of those ice cubes! And combining the ice with shaving foam is a genius move. Messy play fun for everyone!

Reusable Ice Cube Play


Reusable Ice Cube Play

via Adventures And Play

If you’re put off from ice activities because of the mess you need to check out this post which shows you how your child can have fun with the reusable ice cubes that don’t melt!

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