A fun little activity with little prep. The objective is to help the figurines get out of the ice by using tools.
I first saw this activity from Little Bins for Little Hands where she used balloons to freeze the plastic figures in place. One day on Instagram I came across a photo posted by @mylittleplaypack where she used an ice cube tray instead. It seemed like a faster solution so I went with the ice cube tray.
- Ice Cube Tray
- Small plastic figurines OR mini erasers (we used both)
- Tools (toy hammer, warm water in a bowl, spray bottle, dropper)
Fill your ice cube tray with water then put your figurines or mini erasers in each space. Please excuse the state of my ice cube trays, we use these for arts & crafts (like holding paint). Place your ice cube trays in the freezer until they are frozen.
When they are finished freezing, run hot tap water over the backside of the ice cube tray for a few seconds. After that with little or no wiggling the ice cubes should fall out. The first time I did this I used my hands to twist the ice cube tray back and forth and it wrecked most of the cubes. Running hot water over the back side of the ice cube tray is the best way to go to keep everything intact.
Now it’s play time, yay! Our favourite tools for this activity are a wooden hammer and a small bowl of warm water. We tried using dropper filled with warm water and a spray bottle as well but neither of them seemed interested in using those tools.
When we play, we pretend they stuck so we call “Help, help, I’m stuck!” and the girls play right along and really enjoy it. My oldest (4) enjoys using the hammer to smash the ice, she also throws them against the concrete. Little sister (1) enjoys saying “Help, help” and putting them into the warm bowl of water.
The girls really enjoyed this activity, I’m sure we will do this a lot throughout this spring a summer. If you liked this activity, check out the melting fishy game too. I’m sure your kids will enjoy that one as well =).