It’s the Summer and it’s hot outside! If I have to be outdoors with the little ones, I prefer to play with something that will keep us all cool. Water toys are great for this reason. Even better than water toys, though, are FROZEN WATER toys.
What? Frozen water toys? What is that?
Well, it’s simply incorporating ice (in various forms) into your child’s outdoor play. It will certainly keep their fingers nice and cool when it’s scorchingly hot outside, but it’s also a nice tactile sensation. The smooth, cold, wet surface of the ice is interesting to little kids and keeps them engaged for a long time – always a good thing!
So let’s take a look at one permutation of a frozen water toy!
Trapped toys: frozen activity for kids
- cake pan
- small toys that fit in said cake pan (don’t use any electronic or battery-operated toys)
- some water
- food coloring (optional)
- Fill the cake pan with your small toys. You only need a few, but feel free to use as many as you like.
- Optional: Color the water with a few drop of food coloring. Pour this colored water into the cake pan. Let freeze for several hours.
- Take it out of the freezer and let thaw for a few minutes. You should then be able to pop out the ice from the cake pan. I like to place it in the water table outdoors and let the kids use their toy screwdrivers to pick at the ice. This eventually breaks the ice apart into small pieces and releases the toys that are trapped inside!
It’s a lot of fun playing with ice in this way! It’s strangely satisfying to break the ice and release your toys that were buried inside. Have fun!