What we used:
cornstarch (corn flour UK)
ice cube trays
Yes, I have all boys but I have stated before we are not against pushing baby dolls in toy shopping carts or reading Pinkalicious. We also love superheros and toy cars too. I grew up climbing trees, digging in the dirt, playing with transformers and barbies together. It just seems normal to me to mix things up when it comes to playtime.
How we played:
I set the ice chalk up on the driveway. All 3 kids came to check them out. They are 1yr, 3yr, and 5yr. My oldest loves sensory and messy play. My middle child is so-so depending on what it is and sometimes has to warm up to an idea of the sensory play before he is all hands on. The youngest is being introduced to new sensory play materials all the time and he is following in the little brothers footsteps.
As you can see above big brother is hands on first while the other 2 watch to start.
Big brother set out to use his imagination and build a frozen castle with his ice chalk cubes. Fun unconventional building block!
Now little brother comes to touch and feel. He sees big brother is having fun so he wants to check it out now.
Coming to show the camera that his ice chalk is stuck together.
Little brother was investigating how the chalk melted. He was intrigued by this part of it. This is a great time for some simple science. What happens to ice chalk in the sun? It melts slowly. What happens if you pour water over the ice chalk? It melts much faster. I had gotten a pitcher of water out to let baby brother rinse his hands off (he never got into playing with the ice chalk) and little brother used that to pour over the ice chalk. He was so excited at his observation. “Mommy, it melts much faster!”