I see many frozen activities in our future! My daughter hasn’t even seen the whole film yet and she’s already hooked. Here’s her guide to making your own frozen ice palace, for lots of sensory play and imaginary storytelling.
Frozen activities: make your own ice palace
We used lollipop containers to make the building blocks of our ice palace. You could freeze one large container of water to give you a big, solid castle (over on our Facebookpage, Anita suggested a castle-shaped sand bucket) but I knew my daughter would love designing her own layout, so we used lots of smaller shapes, giving us lots of loose parts to move around.
I sprinkled some gold and silver glitter in the bottom of each section of the containers, filled them with water and popped them in the freezer overnight.
They were a little tricky to get out of the containers at first, having no lollipops sticks to pull to help release them, but if you run them under the cold tap they soon pop out. We used a big towel as a play mat, to catch any drips, and I offered some shells and a silver tray too.
But my daughter loves storytelling, so it wasn’t long before she’d rounded up some favourite characters and started building her own frozen palace.
Pretend play like this, with some interesting sensory loose parts and just a few characters, really encourages children to use their imaginations and develop their language skills. It’s always interesting to listen in and hear how the characters are talking to each other.
Acting out a story that children are familiar with, whether it’s a traditional fairy tale, from a book or a film, is a good springboard into an activity like this. It gives them a starting point, and you can hear them recounting the story and sequencing the tale as they play. You can see elements from the original – below is the balcony scene – but it’s wonderful to see how children add their own twists – like these alternative characters! They might even sing along.
Is it a bit messy? Will there be a few drips and glitter on the floor at the end? Probably. But the benefits of messy play far outweigh the little cleaning up needed, so – let it go!
Ready for a whole year of exploring through the senses? Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials. It includes 52 invitations to play, linked to the festivals and seasons of the year, and including water, ice, dough, rice, paints, sand, sensory tubs, and more.
They are easy, simple, and fun ideas that you can use right now to give a multi-sensory boost to your play and learning. It comes with a printable recipe book featuring all our favourite recipes for play. Come and see more here.