We hade a brief period of hot weather last week and I was stumped trying to think of an activity that would be fun to do outside but wouldn’t mean sitting in sand box under the hot sun. Then I found this fun activity online!
Core activity: Ice Treasures
- Age appropriateness: 18 months & up
- Materials needed: A container of some form, water, and smallish treasurers that can handle being wet and frozen (plastic animals, coins, dominos, etc., whatever is a safe size for your children’s ages)
- Preparation timing: Best done the night before
Activity: We’re digging for treasure! Freeze a number of small toys or other treasures you have around the house in a block of ice. Then give your kids a spray bottle, eye dropper, old toothbrushes, whatever you have handy to dig them out. I recommend freezing the treasures in several sessions so that they aren’t all in one layer.
I filled my plastic bowl with a couple of inches of water, dropped in a plastic Cookie Monster, a domino and a peg thingy. Then I let it freeze for a couple of hours at which point I added more water and a little doll and some other toys. I let the whole thing freeze solid overnight and then gave it to Katie to play with this morning. She had a great time spraying water on it to free the doll and the domino.
I will say that she gave up before getting everything out. I recommend for younger kids not doing too big of an ice block as they don’t have the, uh, greatest of attention spans… You could do individual toys in ice cubes.
- Ice Ice Baby – just sing the chorus as the song lyrics are not so ideal to sing to young kids
- Yellow Ice (I kid you not, that’s the name of the book!) by Angie Sage
- Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop by H. A. Rey
- Uh, ice cream anyone?
- Make simple orange creamsicles – in a ice cube try, fill ½ of them with vanilla yogurt and the other half with orange juice. Freeze. Then blend or let them get slushy and enjoy!
As always, please comment if you have other ice-related things to share or if you have ideas for future themes!