Water and ice are great for sensory play with children as it involves them into a world of discovery and curiosity.

You will need:

  • Food coloring
  • Straws / Lollipop (place in ice when partly frozen)
  • Sticky tape
  • Craft foam for the sail
  • Ice cube trays
  • Container
  • Blue tack / Plasticine
  • Large plastic container or paddling pool

Making Boats from Ice - Arts and Crafts with Nanny Options, Dublin

Use any materials to make the sail for the boat but do keep in mind that it needs to be light and well balanced with the size of the ice boats as the sail can flip the boat upside down if it is too heavy.

This activity is great for encouraging science related queries about ice and water example

Why floating and sinking happens?

Difference between liquid and solids.

Why do you think water expands when it is frozen?

Why do you think ice floats on water?

Color mixing.


Please always supervise and watch children when playing with water!