Sensory Soup with Ice and Pool Noodles

 

It’s hot around here, and we spend a lot of time with water play and sensory soups.

I’ve only discovered sensory soups recently, and I’m in love with them! Not only are they easy to set up and a perfect summer outdoor activity, they also work great as activities that both of my kids can participate in at the same time, despite their age difference.

While E is usually quite patient with her baby brother, there are still situations almost every day where she complains that he “bothers” her or interferes in her play. This has never been an issue when I set up the water table with a sensory soup that’s both baby-safe and interesting for a preschooler. Besides the variety of ways in which they can interact with the materials, the size of the water table certainly also helps with this.

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

(E was 4 years and 7 months old.
N was 11 months old.)

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Materials for Sensory Soup with Ice and Pool Noodles

 

This activity was originally simply supposed to be N’s first experience with ice, so I put some water in one compartment of the water table, and ice in the other.

He was busy in the sandbox, though, and didn’t even look up, but E came right over to see what I was doing. So I decided to throw in a few more items for her and basically ended up using the stuff from the Red, White, and Blue Water Sensory Bin plus a few extra cups and a whisk.

I put the pool noodle slices into the water, and the first thing E did was take them all out and set them on the edge to get access to the water with her cup.

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

She started cooking a very interesting concoction with a lot of ingredients with exotic sounding names but decided that she needed fizzy tub colors to make it just right.

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

The whisk is always the most important tool for E’s sensory soups!

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

After a while, N decided to come over and check it out after all. He went straight for the ice. {Note that I wouldn’t have used the tub colors if N had been more interested from the start. Once he joined in, I watched him closely, but while he touched the ice cubes with his lips several times, he didn’t suck on them or try to drink the water, so I wasn’t concerned. The colors actually taste bitter, I don’t think most kids would really be tempted to drink them.}

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

He was interested in the ice cubes but never held on to them long before doing something else, then came back to them several times.

E let him have the whisk and demonstrated the funnel for him.

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

N had fun with the whisk and even managed to pick up an ice cube with it 🙂

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

Suddenly, E said she’d be right back and ran into the house. She came back with some measuring spoons and explained that she needed them to mix a drink for me.

Like her previous concoctions, it had a LOT of different ingredients, and she named them all. I love how she makes up words 🙂

 

Water play for kids of all ages: Sensory soup with ice and pool noodles! Perfect simple summer fun!

 

Both E and N really enjoyed this sensory soup with ice and pool noodles in their own ways. We got 30 minutes of play from an activity that only took about 2 minutes to set up!

 

Have you tried sensory soups? What’s your favorite tip for allowing kids of different ages to play together? Leave a comment below!

 

Are you interested in other water play activities?

Coral Reef Sensory Soup

Water Sensory Bin for Babies

Floating Rainbow Balls in the Water Table

Pine Cones and Acorns in the Water Table

 

 

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