Toddler Activity: Break the ice!

Break the Ice!

Hi everyone!

I hope your week is off to a great start! I myself, have a little case of the Monday’s so because of that, I want to share something FUN with you all! 🙂

I’ve seen this activity floating around Pinterest and figured that with the warmer weather, it was about darn time that I made it happen! It was so simple to throw together (it does require about 12 hours prep) and Charlee and her buddy had a blast breaking the ice and freeing the toys that were trapped inside. 


All you need to do is grab a large bowl, plastic container, Tupperware, etc. and fill it with water and miscellaneous toys. You could probably even add food coloring or glitter if you want to get really wild with this but I was nervous about the food coloring staining little hands and fingers – I’ll try it one of these days and report back with my findings! I put the bowl in the freezer and let it harden overnight. 

The next day, Charlee and O got to cracking! They used a wooden hammer that goes to her tool set and a screw from the same set to break the ice and retrieve the toys. At first, I thought to myself, “We are going to be here foreverrrr.” but once the ice started to melt, it got moving pretty well. I’d say the kids got about half an hour or so of playtime out of it and that was with a relatively small bowl. Next time, I want to use a much larger container or a couple small containers so each child can have their own block of ice. 

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This is a perfect sensory and problem solving activity for those scorching hot days we have ahead. I don’t know about you guys but I know that I’ll have a giant block of ice studded with toys in my freezer at all times this summer to break out when the heat becomes unbearable (or my toddler, whichever comes first!). #MomLife 😉

Have you ever done this and if so, how did your little one like it? 


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