With temperatures dropping into the teens here this weekend, it seemed like the perfect time for an Arctic ice themed sensory bin. I took advantage of the cold weather to make glacier cubes outside overnight. They are simple to make by adding water to small plastic storage containers and setting them outside (if it’s cold out) or in the freezer. We used containers we already had in the kitchen cabinet to make this an easy and affordable project.
The next morning, we brought our newly formed glacier cubes inside and added them to our sensory bin. With penguins from our Arctic animals bin, additional ice cubes from the freezer and scoops/spatulas, the scene came to life for the boys to play. They spent the morning scooping ice and pretending the penguins were sliding down glaciers. They had so much fun that we have our next batch of glacier ice sitting outside tonight.
- 1 Plastic storage bin
- I used the Sterlite 28qt under bed storage bin
- Arctic animals or penguin figurines set
- I found these at my local Joann’s using a coupon but linked the exact set from Amazon
- Various brand/versions of these animal figurine sets are usually in stock at the local craft store
- Small plastic storage containers
- I had these small containers from our baby food making days and they were perfect for this activity.
- Measuring cups or scoops
- Spatulas, tongs and/or mixing spoons
- Bath mat and towels
- Standard ice cubes
- Additional water-safe items