Loose parts and cardboard combine to make a really fun and super easy to set up invitation to create!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Pencil or Pen

Create it!

Step 1: Using a bowl, trace circles on cardboard and cut them out.

Step 2: Paint the circles white and allow them to dry.

Step 3: Set out loose parts - we used colorful wooden pieces - but buttons, pom poms, blocks or any number of items would work well too!


This is an activity that can work well for children of multiple ages (as long as the size of loose parts is age appropriate) and can easily be stored for using again and again!

Winter is the perfect time to play inside - but depending on how long the season, it's always nice to mix things up with some new play opportunities! An arctic small world sensory play bin or area is just the thing to beat the winter blahs!

We looked online and found several different options for coloring chickpeas for icy water. For snow, we used shredded white paper. If you don't have any, coconut or rice are wonderful options too! Finally, we used colored cardstock for ice and added some of our favorite arctic animals!

This can be set up on a table or if you want to contain it a bit more, place it in a shallow box, a baking tray, or plastic bin!