Colored Ice Sensory Play for Children

It’s the middle of Summer, it’s hot out and your kids are going stir crazy from being inside.

We’ve all been there and we’ve all scrambled to try to find something fun to do outside that won’t be too hot.

Kids need to get outside a little each day to get some of their energy out and to get some Vitamin D.

Water play activities

Water play is a great way to get the kids outside even when it’s really hot out. It’s also really easy to make water play into a learning activity.

One of our favorite forms of water play is putting ice in our sensory table.

Ice play for toddlers

Ice play is a great form of cold sensory play. Children are using their senses when they feel the ice and make the realization that it’s cold.

This could also encourage language usage as you can discuss with your child that the ice is cold and explain why it’s cold.

It also makes for fun scooping play which assists in fine motor development.

Colored Ice Cubes Experiment

We decided to take it up a notch and make our ice colored.

This makes things more interesting and it’s a great color mixing activity. We loved watching the colors mix and become new colors.


  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Water
  • Water Table or Bin For Water Play
  • Food Coloring


There’s not much to say here as it’s pretty self explanatory.

I put 1 drop of food coloring in each space on my ice cube tray and then used a measuring glass to pour water into each one.

I will say that this made the colors very vibrant but if you are looking for something a little more subtle you could add in less food coloring.

Then fill up your water table with cold water so the ice melts slower.

If you don’t have a water table you can also use a big clear tote tub. The ones that you can slide under your bed work great for sensory and water play.

You can add in scoops, cups and funnels so your little one can pour water and play with the ice.

Other ice sensory play ideas

When I used to work in a preschool we did this activity but instead of using ice cube trays we used sand molds to make bigger things of ice.

The kids loved this and they melted a lot slower making for more fun.

I didn’t have any on hand this time but in the future I’m definitely going to do this with my daughter.

You could also use muffin tins or candy molds to make fun ice shapes.

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