This winter-themed sensory activity invites children to create igloos using recycled paper plates and ice paints. The ice paints will need to be frozen ahead of time, so it’s best to begin set-up for this activity a day or two beforehand.
For this activity, you’ll need washable popsicle sticks (preferably in light blue), water, an ice cube tray, and paper plates. The first step to prepare for the activity is to fill each section of the ice cube tray to the halfway point with paint and then to the top with water, so that each section has equal parts water and paint. Stir to combine the paint and water and leave one popsicle stick in each ice cube. Freeze them at least overnight, if not longer. Next, you will make an igloo for each child by cutting off 1/3 of each paper plate and using the larger piece for the igloo.
When you are ready to set up the activity, begin by giving each child one igloo and one ice paint cube. Encourage the children to hold the popsicle stick and rub the ice cube on their paper plate igloo until the ice begins melting and leaving behind an icy blue paint!