Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:00 AM
 
Hot summer months are the perfect time to break out the ice cube activities to cool your kids down! From water and ice play stations to ice cube games that help them build creativity, discover four ice activities for kids that are cool enough for kids of any age.

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Ice and water station

When the temperature rises, activities for kids that involve water, ice and containers you have sitting around the house are an easy way to help kids chill out!

Materials:

  • Pots and pans
  • Plastic bowls or buckets
  • Plastic cups or measuring cups
  • Colander
  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • Towels

Directions:

  1. Set up a cluster of pots, pans, bowls and buckets in an area that won't be ruined by a little water. You may prefer to lay down a towel first if you're planning on letting your little one play inside.
  2. Fill up the containers halfway with water.
  3. Place plastic cups, measuring cups, colander and ice cubes inside water.
  4. Encourage your children to fill, transfer and splash as they indulge in water and ice play! Just remember to supervise toddlers who may choke on ice cubes if placed in the mouth.

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Paint with ice

Ice cube activities for kids using frozen punch can be messy fun, but when you see the creativity shining through, it's well worth some stained fingers until bath time!

Materials:

  • Ice cube trays
  • Water
  • Drink mix
  • Paper
  • Apron or old T-shirt
  • Ice pop sticks (optional)
  • Plastic wrap (optional)

Directions:

  1. Follow the instructions on the drink mix package to blend up batches of colorful punch in different hues.
  2. Pour beverage into ice cube trays to create single-colored ice cubes, being careful not to mix the colors. For those wanting to keep little fingers clean, you can cover ice cube tray with plastic wrap and insert an ice pop stick into each individual ice compartment.
  3. Place in freezer until frozen solid and remove from ice cube tray. It may be easiest to store in gallon zip-close bags to keep colors separate.
  4. Adorn your youngster in an apron or one of your old T-shirts and have your child "paint" with the tinted cubes on a blank piece of paper. Then set the masterpiece outside to dry!

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Ice cube target games

Impromptu ice cube games are fun and affordable for kids of all ages. Just be sure kids slide cubes instead of throwing them!

Materials:

  • Table that won't be ruined by water
  • Ice cubes
  • A target of any kind, like a Lego guy or block

Directions:

  1. Place "target" items on the edge of one end of the table.
  2. From the opposite end of the table, have your kids slide the ice cube and try to knock the target off of the surface. The heavier the object, the harder it is to topple over!


Note^ Younger kids may enjoy this ice cube game when target and ice cubes are set up alongside the width of the table, making the distance between themselves and the objects closer.

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Ice structures

You don't have to live in sub-zero temperatures to help your youngsters build their own ice cube structures! From igloos to ice palaces, you can even sneak in a little science lesson about the magic that happens when ice and salt meet!

Materials:

  • Ice cubes
  • Salt
  • Cookie sheet
  • Freezer

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle a thin layer of salt on a clean and dry cookie sheet.
  2. Let your child arrange the first layer of ice in any configuration. You may want to suggest that ice cubes are close enough to touch to make this ice cube activity work best.
  3. Once the bottom layer is set, have your youngster sprinkle a thin layer of salt on top of the first ice cubes and then immediately set the second layer on top of the base ice cubes. Repeat to make layers as necessary.
  4. Once complete, place entire structure and cookie sheet into the freezer until your ice cube creation is set!


Tip^
If your child's structure is not staying secure, try sticking the structure into the freezer for about 20 minutes between each layer before adding another.

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