3 Awesome Ice Activities

Afollow-up to our first video we made with ice.  This second time around we’ve got some tips and tricks to make the set-up even easier and the fun last longer– well as long as ice can last! 😉 

1.  Ice Excavation

We’ve excavated ice before and the kids LOVE it.  This time we tried even two easier techniques. First I froze little toys in an ice tray (Lego people work great) and connected them with a string.  Second, we stuffed toys in a little balloon, filled it up with water and froze it. The kids absolutely loved popping out the little Lego people and peeling off the balloon. Again, I gave them salt and hot water for excavation tools. In the end, their favorite was brute force (safety glass recommended 😉 

2.  Imaginary Play Ice Bin

This is an awesome group activity. You start with a big bin, under the bed storage works great. Then you hit up your kitchen for ice molds. A baking pan makes for the perfect glacier. Use tape over Tupperware, pop in a stick and toss in a string for a super easy, tuggable ice boat. Try putting a freezer-safe cup in a bowl of water to make an igloo. I didn’t even know I had a bundt cake pan, but I finally put it to use! Quick note – the set- up is super easy, but it does take awhile for the ice to harden. You definitely want to plan ahead and maybe freeze these the night before. The kids had a great time using their imagination, building bridges, setting up shop. I think Tess would have been happy just handing out ice cubes.

3.  Ice Strands

You can use any kind of string, but the curly party ribbon really grips the ice and looks gorgeous when you pop it out.   It can double as some cool jewelry, or even the ultimate limbo bar for a summer birthday party. 



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.