Ice Rubber Ducks: A Fun Summer Sensory Activity

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Get ready for a quacky and icy adventure with the Ice Rubber Ducks Sensory Play Activity! This adorable and unique playtime will captivate your little ones’ imagination as they explore the magic of ice and water with their adorable rubber duck companions. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to create ice rubber ducks and setting up a playful pond for them. So, let’s grab our rubber ducks and get ready to splash and spin in this cool and sensory-filled escapade!


Creating the Ice Rubber Ducks

To begin this exciting activity, gather a set of rubber ducks and a large ice tray. Fill the ice tray with water, then gently place the rubber ducks inside. Carefully place the ice tray in the freezer and let it freeze overnight. As the rubber ducks freeze, their adventures are just beginning!

Setting up the Sensory Pond

Once the ice rubber ducks are ready, it’s time to create a sensory pond! Place the frozen ducks on a large tray or shallow container. To make a pond-like setting, add a small amount of water to the tray to allow the ice rubber ducks slide and spin on the surface of the tray.

For a splash of excitement, you can also add a few drops of food coloring to the water, creating vibrant ducks in an icy blue pond. This simple addition will transform the tray into a whimsical pond, where the ducks can glide and spin as they melt.

Splash and Spin

With the pond set and the ducks ready to play, it’s time for your kids to take the lead! Encourage them to touch and feel the cold ice, experiencing the contrasting textures of the frozen ducks and the water in the pond. As they spin the ducks on the pond, they’ll witness a delightful dance of colors and textures as the ice melts and the ducks move.

Benefits of Sensory Play

The Ice Rubber Ducks Sensory Play Activity offers a myriad of benefits for your little ones. As they explore the frozen textures and interact with the icy pond, they enhance their sensory perception and fine motor skills. The vibrant colors and playful movements of the ducks promote creativity and imagination, while the process of watching the ice melt fosters a sense of curiosity and discovery.

The Ice Rubber Ducks Sensory Play Activity is a unique and engaging way for kids to embrace sensory exploration and creative play. With rubber ducks frozen in ice, and a colorful pond for them to glide upon, this sensory adventure promises laughter, fun, and wonderful memories. So, get ready to dive into this quirky and icy escapade with your little ones. Watch as their faces light up with joy and fascination as they splash, spin, and play with their icy rubber duck friends in their delightful pond of sensory fun! Happy splashing!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 18 months old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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