Easter Ice & Rice Sensory Play


A while back I did a Valentines ice Sensory play activity with Emily and it proved to be a massive hit. She absolutely loved playing with the ice, and loved watching it melt. This time I wanted to add a new take on it. I wondered for ages what or how I could change the activity. I decided to add uncooked rice to the mix, after all rice and ice rhyme. Emily has also been showing a real interest in colours, so I wanted to incorporate that into the activity as well.




I had some easter egg silicone molds, which I filled with water and froze. I also added some sprinkles to some of the eggs, and food colouring to others. This gave the ice variety which Emily really did approve of. I then laid the ice on a bed of uncooked rice. The rice began to absorb the water as the ice melted, Emily loved this and was fascinated that some of the ice turned red because of the food colouring.



Some ideas:
- This activity is brilliant for language development, I found asking Emily questions about the activity made her more focused on the activity in hand. It is so easy to get involved in the activity without actually touching it or joining in. Here are some of the questions I asked Emily:
Is the rice melting Emily, Is it cold, What can you see, What are you doing.

- To develop the activity further you could encourage your child to use the rice to cover the ice.
- This is a brilliant way of teaching your little ones about colours, Emily's favourite word at the moment is 'Red' which is why I went for red food colouring.




Emily absolutely loved this activity, She knew the difference between the red ice and the plain coloured ice. She was happy to use the word 'Red'. She also discovered that the ice was cold, and would say 'ooo brr' when it was cold. Emily loved picking up the rice, and tried to pick up each individual strand and would place it on top of the ice. Once she had covered the ice she would say 'gone' and then laugh. This activity also proved useful to encourage counting, Emily would say 'one, two, three, four' as she picked up a handful or strand of rice. 


16 comments

  1. I love messy/sensory play love that idea.

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  2. That idea sounds fab. I would never have thought about ice and rice!

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  3. What a great messy play activity. Jelly works well too

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  4. That last photo is priceless! So adorable. Looks like she really enjoyed this activity :) x

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  5. Such a good idea to stimulate the senses and provoke conversation. Very clever!

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  6. Oh my goodness what a great idea! I love all these sensory play ideas. Wish I had time to do them with Little I, although they do a lot of messy play and sensory things at nursery. Might try doing one every weekend and will definitely add this one to the list - she loves ice. Great post and fab photos lovey!

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  7. I am so glad that she enjoyed playing with her Easter themed sensory play and she is the most adorable thing as well x

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  8. Aw Emily looks as though she most definitely did enjoy that activity x

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  9. Brilliant sensory activity, she looks so very pleased with herself!xx

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  10. oh she looks like she is having great fun an amazing idea

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  11. This is a fabulous idea for sensory plan, I'll have to try this with Lily X

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  12. This looks lots of fun, wish mine were little again to try some of these sensory play ideas out.

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  13. This is a great sensory activity! Your little girl looks so happy. She is really enjoying all that mess which is great!! :-) x

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  14. What a great way to share these concepts with a toddler. I can see why she loved it. I'll be adding this to our list of things to do

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  15. What a great messy play activity, thanks for sharing x

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