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Frozen Treasure Find

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The Frozen Treasure Find is a do it yourself activity for children with sensory processing disorder to do under supervision and keep them occupied. While this activity does require some prep work on the user’s part, it was worthwhile because this keeps children occupied for a long time. The do it yourself activity makes one big frozen treasure first where the children all work together and then smaller ones for them individually.

Frozen “treasures” to use:

  • Play Coins.
  • Sequins.
  • Ocean life shaped ice cubes.
  • Pompoms.
  • Silk flowers.
  • Foam Stickers.
  • String to wind through the layers.
  • Toy fish.
  • Mini pinwheels.
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Individual Treasure Instructions:

Use yogurt containers and put a few small items in each. For this activity, use glittery foam stickers, sequins and pompoms. Then fill them with water and freeze them. The little ones are more challenging to unmold than the big one is, but after having them sit in water for a minute, they come out easily. When they are released from the container, give them to the child to take outside on a nice day. The child uses spray bottles, squirt bottles, a turkey baster and plastic spoons to try to release the treasures from the ice.

Group Treasure Instructions:

The larger one takes more time to make as it is made in layers. Use an empty ice cream bucket and place some items at the bottom before adding a layer of water. Then, put that in the freezer and when it has set, add a few more items and a layer of water. To create this activity, add some blue food paste to the creation so that it creates layers of blue. The interesting thing is that the layers of regular water added afterward each take on a bit of the blue but less with each layer, creating a cool effect. Freeze. Run the container under a small amount of water to release the ice treasure. Then give it to the children outside on a nice day to use spray bottles, squirt bottles, a turkey baster and plastic spoons to try to release the treasures from the ice.


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