Snow & Ice Penguin Small World

Bring the snow inside & make your own penguin habitat! Keep it in the freezer for a rainy day!

Caden and I have been doing a lot of learning and playing around penguins. A few weeks ago I made him this little sensory small world scene to play with his little penguins from Safari Ltd . (This post contains Amazon affiliate links.) It started as a container of slushy snow and food coloring and then I added a chunk of ice from our freezer. As Caden played the ice would melt creating little puddles of water. We kept this play scene in the freezer for a couple of weeks and would pull it out whenever Caden wanted to play with it or we needed to keep him busy so we could get something done. 

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Caden has really enjoyed playing with this icy penguin small world. Just the other day I overheard a penguin conversation between a mommy penguin and baby penguin after being reunited. It was so cute!

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Literature Extension

While Caden played with his ice and penguins, I read him Penguins! by National Geographic Kids. It is full of interesting facts about penguins and great photographs! We have also read The Little Penguin by A.J. Wood and a few different Tacky the Penguin books by Helen Lester.

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12 thoughts on “Snow & Ice Penguin Small World”

  1. Sarah says:

    That looks so cut and so fun! Glad he enjoyed it!

  2. I love this! These penguins are so cute – Safari Toobs, right? I haven’t bought them yet but this cute set might convince me. (I love listening to the conversations during their pretend play too!)

    1. Samantha says:

      Yes, these are the Safari Toobs penguins. I need to edit my post to include that info. oops!

  3. Jen says:

    What a gorgeous little penguin habitat this is!!! Thanks so much for featuring our slime tray! 🙂

  4. I love the use of real snow in this sensory bin. Thanks so much for sharing in the Discover and Explore linky. I’m featuring this post today.

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