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Arctic Mini World

With winter in full gear, this week’s Playful Preschool lesson plan is the Arctic. I decided to up the ante on Jael’s preschool sensory activities and created a mini arctic world. Let’s walk.

This winter preschool sensory activity was insanely fun!!! We simply gathered the snow from outside, grabbed our Arctic animals and had a blast.

To say that this mini world was a hit would be a huge understatement. I knew that my daughter was a sensory junkie but the minute she saw the mini world her first words were, “Oh boy indeed!” (She is not allowed to say OMG ;))

What You Need for Your Arctic Sensory Bin

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Before your child can explore their Arctic sensory bin, a few things need to be gathered.

  • Snow (lots of it)
  • Dish

 Sterilite 16558010 28QT Storage Box Wild Republic Polar in Nature Tube McCormick Culinary Blue Food Coloring, 16 oz.


First, decide where you want your pool of water to be and then place your dish there.

Next, fill your bin with snow, lots of it. If you do not have any snow at the moment, you can simply use cotton balls or use colored ice like we did in this post.

Once your bin is filled, add a few drops of blue food coloring to your dish and then fill it with water.


Sculpt your mini world. I attempted to make a hilltop as well as an area that the penguins could slide down.

Invite your preschooler to come and play, if they are not already begging to do so.


Extended Play

Once your preschooler is fully into playing with the Arctic mini world, start adding to their vocabulary. I told J that she is playing with her arctic bin. She then asked what arctic meant.

We also discussed the different animals in her bin. She noted a few differences between the emperor penguin and the other penguins. She attempted to say Beluga whale, and it was the most adorable thing ever.

This winter preschool sensory activity was insanely fun!!! We simply gathered the snow from outside, grabbed our Arctic animals and had a blast.

The scientist in her then took over, and she started to add the snow to the water. She realized that the snow melted and eventually more snow was added to the pool.

Once that was done, she decided to throw the animals into the basin to see if the water would then splash on the snow and color it blue.

J playing with her arctic sensory bin - preschool sensory activities

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Wednesday 21st of January 2015

What a fun sensory idea for kids we are always looking for sensory ideas that teach. Thanks for sharing!

Jodie @ Growing Book by Book

Friday 9th of January 2015

Small world play is so fun and something I remember fondly from my childhood!


Thursday 8th of January 2015

This looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!