Playing with Ice in Summer

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My kids had such a GREAT time playing with ice in the winter, when we did our Valentine’s Day ice-cube hunt, with heart shaped, red ice-cubes, that I thought I could do something similar this summer.

I froze several cute ice-cube trays with coloured water again. I coloured the water with just a few drops of food colouring. I made yellow stars, and rainbow hearts, and some regular fish. For some of the fish I added a string, and the hearts were connected with string too.

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The girls got on their bathing suits and we started playing with ice-cubes. They made soup, and experimented with mixing colours, as they melted.

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Yellow and red make orange! This could be a great science lesson!

The biggest hit of the day, was a layered, treasure filled, large ice block. I used small metal mixing bowls, and froze three layers of different coloured ice. In each layer I added some shells.

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The kids had a wonderful time with these, watching them melt and looking for their treasure. We filled little watering cans with warm water and poured water over the ice to expose the shells.

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We also used some shaped sponges to create a water pattern on the deck.

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And the kids always like to “paint” with water too. I found the foam paint brushes and the shaped sponges at the dollar store. They literally provide hours of fun.

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After all the ice disappeared it was time for a little slip and slide!

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We had a great afternoon in the backyard with our very inexpensive “toys”. The ice-cubes take a little prep the night before, but it’s just water and a few drops of food colouring. Throw in any little toy as “treasure” and you will get squeals of delight from your kids when you surprise them with this water activity, I promise!

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One word of caution, ice can be sharp as it melts so be careful.

Coloured ice-cubes + warm summer day = a party!

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