Arctic Water Play

A very chilly winter themed water play more suited to older children, which will require some pre planning.

You will need:

  • Water
  • Yogurt pots
  • Ice cube tray
  • Large water play tray
  • Blue food colouring
  • Plastic toy animals


Start by making a range of icebergs at least a day before you intend to carry out this activity. Making icebergs can be a fun and educational activity in itself for older children. Pour water into a range of ice cube trays and different sized yogurt pots, filling them to different levels, and place them in a freezer. While doing this talk to the children about what they think will happen to the water in the freezer, what icebergs are and where they are found etc.

Fill a large water play tray with water and add a few small drops of blue food colouring and mix so that the water has a blue tinge. Now place your ice cubes and icebergs into the water and add some plastic Arctic animals, such as fish, whales and polar bears.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills

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