This FROZEN craft post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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!
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.
Perfect for the kids to share, and even more perfect for the fun sensory activity I had in mind…
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!)
- one sandcastle-shaped sand bucket
- blue glitter (optional)
- tissue paper
- zippered plastic sandwich or snack bags
- ribbon or tape to wrap the bags
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.
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!
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…
All was good, though, because she also got the Anna and Olaf toy.
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!
Easy Crinkle Craft: Tissue Paper Ice Cave
- 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)
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.
*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!)
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!