When it’s cold outside, bring some fun inside with this funky ice balloon activity
This is what you’ll need:
- Small toys or balls
- A tub or pool (or do it in the bathtub)
- Liquid watercolors
- Tempera Paint
- Salt shaker
- Small wooden hammer
- Warm water and small pourable cups (like measuring cups)
- Eye droppers
Step 1 – Fill the Balloons with Goodies
Have kids help decide what to put inside the balloons – it can be a small toy, liquid watercolors, or tempera paint. Have kids help you put them inside the balloons. Then, fill the balloon with water (I like to attach the mouth of the balloon to the faucet and fill slowly with water). Freeze the balloons overnight.
Step 2 – Sensory Fun
When you’re ready to play, pull the balloons out of the freezer and cut the balloons with scissors, removing the ice from within. Place the ice balls in a plastic tub. Provide kids with different tools to melt the balloons: salt, measuring cups filled with warm water, eye droppers, hammers.
*Tips for parents: Encourage kids to feel the ice cubes. Are they hard, soft, warm, cold? Are they slippery? Are they rough? How can you try to melt them? Encourage the kids to experiment and play with the ice and get to the toys inside!
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