How To Colour Ice For Sensory Play

What Do Children Learn From Melting Ice?

Science / Understanding The World – As you explore the ice together as it melts back into water.

Colour Recognition – As you talk about the different colours you can see and how they change as they mix together.

Physical Development – As they move the ice around with their hands and tools provided they will develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Learning Sensory Attributed – Feeling the cold and wet ice cubes is a great way to learn about these sensory textures.

Mathematics – can be explored as you compare the sizes, look at the shape and count the different ice cubes.

Literacy – Coloured ice can leave marks as it melts giving you the perfect opportunity to explore the different marks that can be made with different movements. 

Speech and Language – As you play together exploring new and already known vocabulary with your child.



Mess Scale


6 Months +

Night Before

How To Make Coloured Ice For Sensory Play

Just Grab

  • Water
  • Ice cube trays or tubs
  • Food colouring


  1. Fill the ice cube tray with water leaving a small gap at the top of each one.
  2. Add a few drops of food colouring into each compartment and carefully mix it
  3. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer overnight.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Up Coloured Ice?

Cleaning Up Your Child

Use a damp flannel to clean your child, then dry their hands on a towel.

Cleaning Up A Small Tray

Place the tray into the sink, run the tap to melt any leftover ice, and rinse the tray.

Cleaning A Large Tray

Scoop any leftover ice out of the tray and pop them in the sink. Use some kitchen roll to soak up any excess water, then wipe the tray with an anti-bac wipe.

Cleaning The Surrounding Area

Use some kitchen roll to soak up any puddles of water and give the surface a quick wipe over with an anti-bac wipe.

Coloured Ice Sensory Play Ideas

Coloured Ice Activity

Coloured Ice Activity

Coloured Ice Activity

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