Joanna Anastasia

sensory play

perfect summer series: ice sensory play ideas

Ice sensory play

It wouldn’t be a perfect summer for my kids if they wouldn’t get to explore the ice sensory play! What a pleasure it is for a child, to get to play with cold, melting and intriguing material on a hot summer day! Both of my kids ( now 17 months and three and a halth years old) loved these two activities, and where occupied for over 30 minutes ( my older one even longer). And they didn’t took me more than 5 minutes to prepare, so I got to be a cool mom, without no real merit!

Ice sensory play

Here is what happens when you freeze some plastic toys : all of the sudden they become irresistible! That’s why:

– they are hidden and hard to get
– they are intriguing and surprising
– your child needs to come up with the way to get them out

And I think that it teaches them:
– patience
– creativity
– and they learn about water and it’s qualities

Ice sensory play

So get some plastic figurines. Put then in a plastic container with water, and dump in a freezer over night. Get it out the next day, and let them explore.

Ice sensory play

You might add some cloth wipes, and warm water in another bowl.

Ice sensory play

At some point I helped her with the melting process, and we’ve poured some hot water on it (in a sink in the kitchen). And when the dogs where free, all of a sudden they’ve became my older daughters favourite toys for a whole day! ( oh, the amazing effect of the new toy).

Ice sensory play

So I’ll be for freezing some more toys this summer!

Ice sensory play

And this ice cubes sensory play was my baby’s favourite: she was mesmerized by the colourful cubes, melting there and painting the sidewalk.

Ice sensory play

All you need is :
Ice tray
Water
Food colouring

Make ice in the ice tray, and add a drop to food colouring. Let it freeze.

Ice sensory play

And let them play. I added some paint brushes, and they really liked it!

Ice sensory play

Just remember to dress them in cloths that are easy to wash, because thy will get dirty!
But since we can either have clean or happy kids, I guess that’s fine.

Ice sensory play

Do you organize ice play for your kids ?

Art with babies

Art with babies

I know you’ve been all waiting for some art with babies ideas, right? For sure I was very impatient to introduce my baby Rose to painting and sculpting :)! But much less egar to deel with the mess that comes with it. So I came up with three art activities that are perfect for a baby and for a lazy tired mom!

First imagine this : a no-mess-painting activity! Sound like a dream, right?

Easy baby art ideas

What you’ll need :
A zip bag
Paint
Tape
Baby seated at a high chair.

Easy baby art ideas

So, if you’ll lock all the paint in the zip bag, and if you’ll tape this zip bag on to a table, then I guarantee that there will be no mess at all! And your baby will get to play and explore colour mixing! While keeping their hands clean! How convenient ;)!

Art with babies

Now, I thought that my one year old is too young for play dough. I was scared that she would eat it and then get sick. But if you’ll buy the non toxic,eco-kids Dough then it’s all good (although I still make sure that she’s not eating it). And it turned out that she really loves playing with it!

Art with babies

As you see I prepare her a bunch of play dough balls, and then she’s happy with segregating, squeezing and changing their shape.

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Another genius idea is edible baby paint! Yes, they can paint with it, massage their hair with it and then eat it. Just like all real artist do, right 😉 ?

Easy baby art ideas

What you’ll need :

Thick Greek yoghurt
Food colouring
Paper
Tape

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Mix yoghurt with food colouring, tape a piece of paper to the table wher your baby is seated, and let them explore the art of hand painting!

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And at what age did you start introducing your kids to art? How did it go?

Colour mixing water play

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With the warm wether we can finally play outside with water 🙂 . There is something ultimately attractive in water play, the mess, the splash the sensory experience of it. And every child loves making mess :). So I’ve prepared some plastic containers and food colouring and we went outside to play:

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I’ve started slowly adding the food colorant, so she would see and understand how do colours mix together :

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Then she started to mix different colours with each other :

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And then we mixed everything together to discover that in the end it will all became brownish .

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And then we got all wet 🙂 . Now go and prepare your messy water station!