We're celebrating the DVD release of the hot animated film Frozen with this list of play ideas inspired by the story.
Sometimes children need a little encouragement to get outside and get moving, so basing activities around a favourite film is a great way to get their attention. Earlier this month we came up with some LEGO Movie activities, and now it's the turn of Disney's latest blockbuster to get the Wicken Toys attention.
Snow In April The main barrier to recreating scenes from Frozen has been the complete absence of snow this year. Luckily cans of super cheap bargain basement shaving foam make a suitable substitute. Experiment by adding glitter, or thickening with flour to get the prettiest snow you can. Use an old paddling pool or water play table as a work station and set your children fake snow construction tasks. 'Do you wanna build a snowman?' - then build one out of shaving foam.
Silly String Freeze Tag Someone is Elsa and is armed with a can of silly string, ready to freeze everyone else. Run around hte garden trying to avoid Elsa's best shots, but if you get zapped you must freeze and stand completely still. Not forever though. Someone else will be playing Olaf and his magical warm hugs will set you free. The game continues until Elsa has frozen everyone, or her silly string powered freeze gun runs out.
Pin The Nose On Olaf Make a giant snowman without a nose. Cut out a carrot nose from a separate piece of orange card, and place some sticky tack on the back. Each child takes it in turns to be spun around while blindfolded, then attempt to pin the nose on Olaf.
Snow Painting You will need some warm water, Epsom salts, paintbrushes and black paper. Mix equal amounts of hot water and salts and stir until it dissolves. This is also an opportunity for a brief science lesson in how heating the water helps the salt dissolve. You could put some salt into a glass of cold water and let the children compare the outcome. Use the brushes to paint designs onto the black paper using the salt water mixture, and when it dries the salt crystallizes giving a really cool icy appearance.
Coloured Ice Crystals Freeze some water beads in the freezer overnight, then put them in a bowl of water for younger children to play with. They will enjoy feeling the change in temperature and texture as the blocks melt, and can throw the beads around, roll them down the slide, or flick them at each other once they are completely melted.
Build A Snowman Create your own Olaf with a roll of toilet paper, some black paper buttons and an orange card carrot. Tell the children to take an adult hostage and wrap them up until they look just like Olaf the snowman from Frozen.
Frozen Scavenger Hunt Use lyrics from the songs, omitting key words as clues on where to find the treasure. For example 'Love is an open......' the missing word is door, so hang another clue or piece of treasure on the door.