This is a great outdoor activity for a hot day. It is also really easy prep.
To set up this activity you need
- some kitchen utensils
- freeze some toys for more ice options (optional of course)
While making breakfast I just filled some containers with water and placed a toy inside then stuck it in the freezer. By the time the weather was nice and hot the water was frozen.
I really like having tongs for this activity. It is great for fine motor skills.
I used this bin as a distraction mostly. After our Paint Squirt Gun Fight I set out this bin to help calm down all the energy from running around. I was also able to take each child individually to get cleaned up while the rest played in the bin.
The plastic 'ice' gems were a favorite for everyone. They were really gold to start with but when the water inside them melts they are still gems.
Of course the other ice melted.
The boys did make it their mission to save the dinosaurs from the ice.
Once the ice turned into water there was a lot of pouring, dumping, and scooping of course :) It was a great entertainer.