Colder temperatures give opportunity for a preschool favorite: ice sensory play!
Believe it or not, ice sensory play provides many opportunities for learning and is easy for busy parents.
Setting preschoolers up with their ice exploration challenge allows them to make predictions, explore the properties of water, and problem solve ways to use their tools to free their objects… all critical thinking skills!
It can be chipping away ice chunks to rescue animals or using warm water to melt ice and uncover letters! Ice sensory play keeps preschoolers engaged for long periods of time because it allows for open exploration.
Additionally, their use of tools to chip and melt builds small muscle hand strength needed for tasks such as writing and zipping and like most sensory play, preschool concepts and themes of interest are easily incorporated!