Sugar Aunts: Ice Cube Proprioception Jump and Smash

Ice Cube Proprioception Jump and Smash

We've been sharing some fun sensory play activities recently, part of our January Occupational Therapy calendar.  The proprioception and vestibular activities linked up in the free downloadable calendar are sure to provide sensory experiences and input that will keep your child moving all winter long.  Hey, you can do most of these activities in warmer weather too, so be sure to save this one for hot summer days!  

This Ice Cube Proprioception Jump and Smash activity will provide movement and heavy work that can help with regulation of sensory seekers.  Try making these bright and vividly colored ice cubes and playing with sensory input today!


Ice Cube Proprioception and Vestibular Activity for kids that need sensory input. This is fun for typically developing children (and the adults) too!


Proprioception Activity with Ice Cubes

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I used a couple of mini muffin tin to make colored ice cubes.  Fill the tins with water and then add one or two drops of liquid food coloring to each section.  Kids love this activity and it is a real experiment of color mixing. Use a toothpick to mix the colors and try to achieve various shades of color by mixing more or less food coloring.

Once the ice cubes are frozen, turn the muffin tin over in the sink and run warm water.  The ice cubes will pop out after a moment.  Place the colored ice cubes in a bowl or on a large cutting board and take them outside.  This is a messy activity and it will stain your floors, so take big precautions if you decide to do this one inside!

We kept the ice cubes on the cutting board and used a hammer to smash the colored ice cubes. This activity was a huge hit with my preschooler.  She loved lining up the hammer and smashing the ice cubes into chunks.  Using the hammer is heavy work for a child and she needed to use two hands to hold and use the hammer, but she was able to smash the ice easily.  

While smashing ice cubes, my daughter remembered a similar proprioception and strengthening activity we did last year using peanut shells.  It's another messy, yet fun activity that is worth trying!

Be sure to clean up any ice pieces before they melt because the liquid food coloring will dye any surface.  You may want to do this activity in the grass. NOTE: For a mess-free option, use liquid watercolors to dye the water. The colors will wash away with soap and water.

Related Read: Find out more about proprioception here.

Ice Cube Proprioception and Vestibular Activity for kids that need sensory input. This is fun for typically developing children (and the adults) too!
Ice Cube Proprioception and Vestibular Activity for kids that need sensory input. This is fun for typically developing children (and the adults) too!

Vestibular Activity with Ice Cubes

Get the kids moving with this outdoor vestibular activity.  Take the ice cubes outside and place them in the grass. Be sure to keep them away from sidewalks and driveways because the food dye will stain the surface until the rain and weather has cleared the dye away! 


Kids can jump on or over the ice cubes.  Ask them to jump up high with both knees bent.  For other vestibular challenges, have the child side jump or skip over and around the ice cubes.  

Ice Cube Proprioception and Vestibular Activity for kids that need sensory input. This is fun for typically developing children (and the adults) too!

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