Pom poms in water are one of the best outside toys! This activity adds ice to the sensory experience for added play time.
- Pom poms
- Other toys as desired
- Small bin to freeze contents
- Larger bin for play outdoors
- Scoops, tongs, and other tools for breaking ice
Add pom poms to small bin then fill with water. You can add other toys and even color if you'd like! Freeze overnight to ensure the block is solid. Once frozen, upend your ice block into a larger bin. Use whatever you have - a water table, the sandbox (?), a mixing bowl. Now add the tools and let your child have at it. You can provide them with salt and extra water to make the block melt quicker. Or add other tools, if you're comfortable - hammers and screwdrivers would work great, but you'll want eye protection in case of flying ice chips.
When the ice is melted, the pom poms act like tiny sponges. Squeeze them, throw them at the ground (or each other), or try to stack them. The possibilities are endless and open to your child's interests and imagination. They will get dirty, but you can air dry them for continued play. Or refreeze if this activity is a hit!