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DIY Home Sensory Activity: Melting Insects

Updated: Aug 3, 2021


Prep time: 2 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Estimated Cost: 20 AED

Mess level: Medium

Age: 18 months plus

What you need:

  • Water

  • Ice trays

  • Miniature figures


Insect figurines or any figurines into plastic containers, ice cube/ trays and freeze.

You can then squinter with with warm water or place in bath tub.

Ways to adapt:

make figures into individual ice cubes or freeze in one giant tray and use tools like a hamper to extract (this is more suitable for older children)

You can add food dye to the water to change the colours which then melts in different colours


  • Melting Insects in Ice is also a great sensory activity using warm and and cold items to explore the senses. The squinter bottles are filled with warm water and used to help melt the ice to get the insects out. Fine Motor Development

  • Problem Solving – over coming challenges and finding solutions.

  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control

  • Cause and Effect – warm water melts ice.

  • Language development – Identify and recognize insects

  • Encourages and promotes imaginative play and creativity.

  • Letter recognition

  • Oral language development – hearing the sound and saying it out loud.

  • Exploring the senses and discovering new textures


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