Frozen Ice Play

“That should keep the kids occupied for half an hour,” I said to my husband who was sitting at the computer desk going through paperwork. 

I was wrong.

The activity I set up kept the kids occupied for well over an hour.

You see, I have these little things up my sleeve sometimes, ready to bring out at an opportune moment.  All I had done to prepare was to freeze water in different shaped plastic containers. These babies were just sitting in the freezer alongside the bread and frozen peas.

Frozen Ice Play

I have a dedicated underbed storage container for these types of play activities. To set it all up, I simply placed the large rectangle block (still in the plastic container) in the underbed container for an ice rink, and then removed the other different sized shapes from their containers and put them in there too (good for making an ice castle). A few themed figurines (like Frozen or even other plastic figurines) were thrown in and THAT WAS IT! BAM! Over an hour of awesome play.

The kids moved the ice blocks around, they added other toys and played happily together on the hot Sunday afternoon until the ice melted into a cool pool.

Frozen Ice Play

Frozen Ice Play

Frozen Ice Play

Frozen Ice Play

Frozen Ice Play

Frozen Ice Play

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Ice Boats

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Imaginative Play: Construction Sand Box

I enjoy creating small world play scenes for my kids. They are surprisingly easy to set up (read this handy post by Kate at Picklebums for tips).  Another great thing about this sort of play is you can set it up and it sparks the children’s imagination and I find they tend to play for hours; great for the weekend and holidays.  You can find previous play trays we have done here: Imaginative Play Scenes.

My son loves the sand pit at school, and we don’t have one at home, however, from time to time I’ll buy sand and use it in a large underbed container for play (like this Desert Island Scene). This time, we decided on a construction theme.

Materials Used

Underbed storage container (this is great because it comes with a lid which is handy for storage and keeps the sand clean when the box is not in use)

Play Sand (I used a 10kg bag – it was under $8 at Bunnings)

Rocks

Small vehicles

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Set up

Set up is as simple as dumping the sand into the container, adding a few rocks and the vehicles. Boom!

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Paver Roads 

We added paver roads to the play too, and you can read more about it here: Imaginative Play – Paver Roads.

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

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Wood Roads

Rock Play Garden

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