Putting together a frozen sensory bin activity for toddlers and preschoolers is easy and fun! There’s also some science mixed in as the children learn what happens to water when it is placed in below freezing weather and then brought back into a warm room.
For this activity, I filled the sensory table with water and placed it outside. We don’t get snow often here in the Pacific Northwest, but it can get cold enough to freeze water. This was one of those weeks. Because we do many different winter activities, I want them to be as meaningful as possible. We can talk about cold, but do we understand cold? The feeling of cold? We can talk about ice and how it melts, but have we actually experienced it? Explored it? Worked with it? So, it’s important to provide real-life experiences to accompany your ideas, to make it more meaningful for the children.
Frozen Sensory Bin Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers
What you will need for this preschool winter idea:
Setting it up:
Fill container with water and place outdoors when it’s below freezing. Once it’s frozen, bring it indoors. Place some sort of mat underneath to catch the water if it drips out of the table. Place the animals on top of the ice, if desired.
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