Sensory Play :: Colored Ice Cubes

I was going through my idea files and came across a fun summer sensory play idea for Tate: colored ice cubes on a string.

I made colored ice cubes (one drop of food coloring per cube with some left clear) with a thick piece of yarn running through them.

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Once they were frozen, Tate had an ice cube train to play with in the pool.

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Since the pool water is as warm as a bath, the ice cubes melted quickly but Tate had fun pulling them around with the string and watching the colors swirl in the pool water.

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So simple but it brought lots of fun sensory play for an almost-one-year-old.
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I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. I love the one strap hanging down! They are so sweet at that age.

  2. Great idea.

    These pictures could be in a magazine. So adorable.

  3. She’s engrossed.

  4. Love the idea of stringing the cubes together! I’ll have to remember that. :)

  5. we do lots of ice play in the summer time. I love this idea of stringing them together as a train! Thank you.

  6. What an awesome idea! It will soon be summer here in Australia and I’m totally going to use this. I’m featuring you on Tot Tuesdays today! :)

  7. what a fun idea! I will have to make these tonight for my son! :)

  8. Such a fun idea! =)

  9. Brilliant! We do colored ice cubes all the time for the bath but I never thought of stringing them. My little guy would love that. Thanks!

  10. Finally got around to doing this for the tub! Thanks for the idea!

  11. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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