Frozen fun for the Fourth of July

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking for something fun for the kiddos to do on these hot summer vacation days.   Try making some frozen rainbow ice sculptures.   This activity is not only cheap, it will keep the kids cool and entertained.   The kids will love building  or painting with these frozen colorful gem like ice blocks.  It takes a little prep time the night before, but the fun is totally worth the  effort.

What You’ll Need:

  • ice cube trays
  • recycled plastic containers of varying shapes and sizes
  • food coloring , liquid watercolors or washable tempera paints
  • water


How to make it happen:

  1. Round up your kids  and let them sort through your drawer or cabinet of Tupperware for containers of varying shapes and sizes.  You can sneak in a little (help) by having them match up lids while they are gathering  their supplies.  I like to let them use any container that doesn’t have a lid that matches for this project…that way when we are done we know which containers we can just toss into the recycling bin.  I also like to use ice cube trays, but be warned they may get stained.
  2. Lay out a towel or some newspaper on your table or counter.  Fill up the containers with water.  I like to do the filling myself but if you are brave enough you can let the kids get some practice with pouring.
  3. Now it’s time to add color to the water.  I love to use liquid watercolors because they are much more washable than food coloring but if you don’t have this art supply, food coloring will do just as well.  You can also use a little washable tempera poster paint to color the water (this works especially well if you are planning on letting the kids paint with the ice cubes).  You can turn this part of the project into a little science lesson about color mixing.  Once the colors are added to the containers and trays put them in the freezer.  Overnight is best but you could do it early on the morning you plan to use them and just  take them out late in the afternoon to do the activity.
  4. Take out your colorful ice cubes and frozen containers and take outdoors to the yard or patio and build magnificent ice castles that glow like jewels in the sunlight.  You can also let the kids paint on paper with the ice cubes.


 Connect:  There are lots of opportunities with this super cool, easy and fun summer project for you to really connect with your little ones.  You can turn this into a fun science lesson by taking a few minutes to talk about the colors of the rainbow and how rainbows are formed.  Don’t be afraid to introduce  them to  even more complex  scientific principles like the fact that ice is still water…just in a different state, a solid.  Talk about what happens to the ice after it comes out of the freezer and into the warmth of the sun.  Does it stay frozen? Does it melt? How long does it last?   You can also mix in a little math element by seeing how tall your ice sculptures are or even measuring how much water you used.  The skills used in this activity with the building, pouring, mixing and measuring are all great  for reinforcing fine motor skills and as an added bonus this is playful learning at it’s best!



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