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.
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.
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.
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.
We also used some shaped sponges to create a water pattern on the deck.
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.
After all the ice disappeared it was time for a little slip and slide!
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!
One word of caution, ice can be sharp as it melts so be careful.
Coloured ice-cubes + warm summer day = a party!