Something Borrowed: L&L’s Ice Treasures

Something Borrowed posts feature a borrowed idea or printable from another website or blog that we’ve found to be helpful and would like to share with you.  

I first read about Ice Treasures on the Let’s Explore: Play Everyday! blog, so I decided to attempt it for L&L.

So far, I’ve made two for them, both with three layers.  I include things like matchbox cars, shark’s teeth, shells, clothes pins, dice, buttons, some little plastic animals, and a few other random things.  

I take a bowl, put about 1/3 of the items I have selected into it and fill the bowl about 1/3 of the way with water.  Then I stick it in the freezer until that part is frozen solid.  Then I repeat the process 2 more times until the bowl is filled with all the items and the water is almost up to the top.  Then I let it freeze until completely solid.  Freezing it in stages ensures there are fun items to find all the way through the ice block instead of only at the bottom.

When the ice blocks are ready (it does take awhile, so plan to make it a day in advance), I hold the bottom of the bowl under running water until the ice block pops out.  Then I put it on a cookie sheet on the screened porch or outside and give the kids some tools to use to help melt the ice: toothbrushes, a medicine dropper, a turkey baster, a bowl of warm water, and some rock salt.

They played with it for a good amount of time both times!

I always give them a little bowl to collect their treasures in as they de-ice them:

Here are some more pictures of our fun:

This is definitely a great summer activity!  Not only is it a fun way to cool down on a hot day, it’s a great fine motor activity (especially using all the little tools to help de-ice) and it’s great for increasing focus and concentration.  Hope your little ones enjoy it as much as mine do!!

More photos of our fun can be seen on our Facebook page: In Lieu of Preschool in the photo albums L&L’s Ice Treasures and Ice Treasues 2.  🙂

What are your favorite summer fun activities?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • himadri says:

    i too make such ice treasures for my son..he just loves this….love the concentration of ur kids in pictures

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