Hi, I'm Louise and I'm so excited to be guest-posting here on Squiggles and Bubbles! My usual place to share what I've been up to with my 2 year old boy (who is lovingly known as 'Darth' because of my husband's love of all things Star-Wars,) is on Building Blocks and Acorns. 'Darth' absolutely loves getting outdoors, whatever the weather, so I wanted to share this activity with you (as featured in 'Go Barefoot' magazine.)
Ice-sensory play with nature is a fantastic activity to do all year
round and if the weather is especially bad outside, you can bring the
nature indoors and put the ice in a tub on the kitchen floor!
You will need:
A freezer-proof container
Water (in a jug)
Natural items (flowers, herbs, pine-cones, berries etc. depending upon the season.)
Natural food colouring (optional)
Container and 'tools' for ice play.
Before you begin making your nature ice-block, you can do another activity in itself; a nature scavenger hunt! Get outdoors and collect natural objects that are safe and appropriate for your child. This is also a great opportunity to encourage your child to take care of nature; don't pick leaves off living trees, but only off the ground. The same goes for flowers and petals etc. You can also return the items back to nature when you are finished.
Top Tip: You may want to add a little food colouring onto each layer, so that it gradually gets a deeper colour and the top is beautifully clear.
'Darth' absolutely loved smelling the different herbs as they were released from the ice and it didn't take him long before he was exploring with his feet, too!
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Please always supervise your
infant/child at play. Please stay within arms reach and never leave
infants/children unattended. You know you're infant/child best, use
your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits,
behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.