FROZEN Craft and Summer Sensory Activity #FrozenFun #shop

This FROZEN craft post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

FROZEN the movie? Yeah, it’s *kind of* a machine. About 8 months ago, we found out my son would have to go under general anesthesia for some oral surgery, and I promised him a color-changing Elsa toy. Who knew that this many months later he’d still be THIS infatuated, and that the Elsa doll would be SO hard to find? Luckily, Walmart is stocked up again with aisles, displays and endcaps featuring lots of FROZEN stuff, from bedding and wall decals to back-to-school clothes and lunch boxes. And, of course, TOYS!

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

We still haven’t found the exact Elsa we’re looking for, but we did get our hands on the complete story set of FROZEN figurines in the Disney aisle.

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

Perfect for the kids to share, and even more perfect for the fun sensory activity I had in mind…

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

Elsa’s Ice Castle Sensory Activity

Hot summer afternoons call for outdoor play, so I put together a simple sensory activity for the kids. (We’re getting creative to fill these last days of summer!)

Supplies:

  • one sandcastle-shaped sand bucket
  • water
  • blue glitter (optional)
  • tissue paper
  • zippered plastic sandwich or snack bags
  • ribbon or tape to wrap the bags

Instructions: 

Fill sandcastle-shaped bucket half way with water, shake in glitter and stir. Wrap each figurine in tissue paper, place each inside a sealed sandwich bag with the air squeezed out. Tie each with a ribbon to keep the bag tightly wrapped and place in the water in the bucket. Allow to freeze. Once frozen, fill the bucket the rest of the way with water, add glitter again, and freeze. (Because figures float, freezing half at a time allows them to freeze in the middle of the ice.) When fully frozen, place outside and wet bucket with a hose to release castle.

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

After we ran some water over the bucket to release the ice, I challenged the kids to figure out how to rescue the figurines from Elsa’s castle!

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

They rubbed the ice with their hands and feet, poked it with a stick, kicked it around, even tried to lick it. It was fun to watch, and hard not to help. Although I did nudge a little to help my son remember how we got the castle out of the bucket. Once he caught on, all it took was a little time, a little sunshine, and a little help from a watering can and all of our FROZEN friends were safely rescued!

My poor baby girl got bad guy Hans on her first try…I felt kind of bad, although as you can see, he got a few kisses…

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

All was good, though, because she also got the Anna and Olaf toy.

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

And once our ice castle was broken and the remnants were melting over the plants in our garden, we needed a place for our new FROZEN friends to live, so we raided our tissue paper stash again to build them a crinkly, crunchy ice cave to call home!

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

Easy Crinkle Craft: Tissue Paper Ice Cave

Supplies:

  • blue and white tissue paper, cut into 2″ squares (amount needed will depend on how big your cave is)
  • plastic gallon jug
  • hot glue gun/glue
  • one sheet of glittery blue scrapbook paper (you can buy a single sheet at most craft stores for about .39)

Instructions:

Cut plastic jug into the shape of a cave (or just cut in half to make an ice mountain.) Dot with hot glue, one or two dots at a time, placing crinkled paper on glue before it dries. Alternate blue and white paper as desired. Once covered with crinkled paper, use sheet of scrapbook paper as a base to play on.

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

*TIP: Complete your playset with the Arendelle background from the toy’s packaging. Just cut it out and use it as shown in the photos here.

I would call this a sensory craft because of all the texture and opportunity to teach adjectives (crunchy, crinkly, pointy, fluffy, etc.) My son was an expert crinkler by the time we were done making it together! (See his poor hand below, bruised from his IV. I’ll be happy to never do that again!)

What do FROZEN things do in summer? Cool sensory activities and crinkle crafts! Get easy instructions at abcsandgardenpeas.com #FROZENFun #shop #cbias

Soon, it will be time to snuggle up again in our FROZEN pajamas and FROZEN fleece blankets, but until then, we’re going to enjoy these last days of summer while we can. Thanks to #CollectiveBias for the #FrozenFun challenge!

Do you have a family of FROZEN fanatics? How have you made FROZEN a part of your summer?

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  1. This is a great idea! My nieces are obsessed with Frozen. The ice activity would be a great one for them on a hot day. Thanks for sharing!!!
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  2. Oh my goodness, these look like so much fun! My kids would have to fight with me to play with them … Lol!
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  3. How fun! Looks like your kids — who are adorable, by the way! — were having the best time!
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  4. i love these ideas!! the ice cave is adorable. super cute. and we have the figure set. it’s awesome because its tiny and easy to bring places.
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    • I agree Brett! We just put them in a little metal lunchbox and they are totally portable! Just have to make sure we don’t lose Elsa. THAT would be a catastrophe!

  5. Well that’s a fun way to incorporate play and the love of the movie. I like the little dolls, those would be great stocking stuffers (not that I’m thinking of Christmas or anything).

  6. These look like so much fun! I love how you incorporated these activities to go along with the movie.

  7. This is awesome, my daughter is a Frozen fanatic. Love the ice castle. She wants these dolls too!
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  8. Oh my goodness! How fun is this project! MUST do it with my kids now! Pinning!
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  9. My kids love Frozen so much! This would be a great activity for my kids too!
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  10. My kids would love this!!
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  11. What awesome and fun crafts. The kids look like the had a blast. So cute.
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  12. Super cute idea for the little ones to have some fun in the sun! I love it! It’s still one of my favorite movies to sing along to – it’ll never get old!
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  13. The kids surely looked like they enjoyed themselves. Great crafts btw. My toddler is a huge Olaf fan so may try the crinkle ice cave with her.
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  14. Looks like fun. My daughter is a big frozen fan!
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  15. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I absolutely love this idea. I cant wait to do it with my friends 4 year old. Thanks for the great idea.

  16. What fun looking activities. My niece is a big Frozen fan, so I bet she would love them.
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  17. Love, love, love this! I have a few Frozen enthusiasts at my house, this is great! Pinning to our All About Kids board!
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  18. This is SUCH a fantastic idea and I love it! We just moved to the beach. This would be a FANTASTIC thing for us to take to the beach to keep the kids occupied in the sand while Mommy & Daddy rest! I love that your little boy loves Frozen, my 3 year old son does too! #client
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  19. This is so genius! Pinning right now…
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  20. What a fun idea! My grandsons would get a kick out of feeling that ice!

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