23 Ideas for Frozen Fun this Summer

It seems that the summer heat is settling in for a while - and everyone knows that hot kids are not happy kids!  Here's some fun 'frozen' ideas to beat the heat with ice, cold snacks and cool activities.

Chilly Play Ideas

1.  Ice Relays

Fill a bucket with ice and have kids use tongs or plastic shovels to carry ice cubes from one bucket to another.  Tongs are great for building dexterity in young kids.  Plastic shovels with ice are really slippery, so the kids have to walk carefully so they don't drop it!

MORE PLAYTIME FUN

2.  Be an ice architect when you visit @Train Up a Child and Build with Ice Cubes

3.  Enjoy Ice Bowling with @A Little Learning for Two

4.  Read and spell on an Ice Letter Hunt from @Reading Confetti


Ice-y Art Projects

5.  Frozen Chalk Drawings

Take a few sticks of chalk and run them underwater.  Put them in a plastic bag and freeze.  When kids draw with frozen chalk, it looks darker (more like a crayon) and then dries a lighter color - notice the two colors of blue in the photo.

MORE GREAT FROZEN ART IDEAS

6.  Explore Slide Painting with Frozen Paints from @Putti Prapancha

7.  Experiment with a rainbow of colors in Goop and Ice Play with @Growing a Jeweled Rose

8.  Design some red, white & blue pictures with Patriotic Ice Cube Painting from @Mama's Little Muse


'Cool' Science

9.  Melting Ice

Take 2 cubes of ice and put one in each of two cups.  Place one cup in the sun and one in the shade.  Have kids estimate how long it will take each to melt - check the cups every 15 minutes. 

What kids learn:  Heat causes ice to melt faster!

 

    

10.  Pick up Ice on a String

Do you remember this old trick?  You'll need an ice cube, piece of string, glass of water and table salt.  Wet the string in the glass of water, place it on the ice cube and sprinkle salt over the string.  Wait a few minutes and you'll be able to pick up the ice cube using just the string!

What kids learn: Salt decreases the temperature of the ice.  As the wet string melts into the cube, it freezes (because it's wet and the internal temperature of the ice is still cold).

MORE COOL ICE SCIENCE

11.  Learn about Ice Colour (color mixing) from @Red Ted's Art Blog

12.  Explore different ways to Defrost Toy Animals with @Tinkerlab

 

Frozen Treats

     

13.  Banana Pops

Cut a banana in half and put them on a wooden stick.  Place them on wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Cover with chocolate sauce and nuts (we used crushed salted almonds).  Freeze for 90 minutes.  YUM!

 

     

14.  Easy Frozen Yogurt

Cover a carton of yogurt with tin foil (or buy foil-covered yogurt).  Cut a slit in the top and  put in a plastic fork or spoon (not metal).  Place in the freezer for 2 hours.  When you take it out, loosen the yogurt a little and it slides right out!

LOTS MORE CHILLY TREATS

15.  Oreo Asteroids ice cream treats from @Toddler Approved

16.  Create Your Own Ice Cream in a Jar with @Make, Do + Friend

17.  Make Frozen Nutella pops with @Momma's Fun World

18.  Host an Ice Cream Taste Test with the kids from @52 Brand New

19.  Enjoy Banana Popscicles with @The Iowa Farmer's Wife

20.  Make yummy Strawberry and Cream Popsicles with @wordplayhouse

21.  You'll think you're on the islands with these Pina Colada Popsicles from @paintcutpaste

 

Staying Cool When You Have to Be Outdoors

Sometimes you have to be outside on those hot days - maybe you're on vacation with a trip to the zoo all planned, or heading to an outdoor event.  Here's a few tips on keeping cool:

22.  Freeze your clothes

One way to beat the heat is with cool clothes - literally!  Place a tshirt or pair of socks in a ziploc bag and put in the freezer overnight.  When you head out the next day, you'll have some refreshing items to keep you cool for a little while.  You can also pack them in your cooler to change into as the day gets warm.

Take-along Cool Cloths

Wet a washcloth, ring out and place in a ziploc bag.  Freeze overnight and you'll have a great ice pack to take with you to cool your neck during those hot outings.

23.  Umbrellas

What kids doesn't love to use an umbrella?!  And they're not just for rain showers - umbrellas on hot days can also give you a break from the beating sun.

 

And when you're done with all your ice fun for the day, don't forget to 'water' the garden!

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Comments

Jacquie Fisher (website) on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 03:05

What an awesome list! Thanks for including our ice hunt!

What an awesome list! Thanks for including our ice hunt!
Jacquie Fisher (website) on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 03:10

what a fun post! Love the freezing your clothes idea! Thanks for including our popsicles!

what a fun post! Love the freezing your clothes idea! Thanks for including our popsicles!
Jacquie Fisher (website) on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:38

Such a great list! Love the freezing your clothes idea, would be very helpful in this hot Florida! Thanks for including our slide paintint!

Such a great list! Love the freezing your clothes idea, would be very helpful in this hot Florida! Thanks for including our slide paintint!
Jacquie Fisher (website) on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:40

[b]Lots of cooling fun! So many ideas from so many wonderful websites!/b]

[b]Lots of cooling fun! So many ideas from so many wonderful websites!/b]
Jacquie Fisher (website) on Thursday, 05 July 2012 04:49

Love your post!! My son places his blanket in the freezer to keep it cold on hot days. Thanks for including our nutella pops. (Momma's Fun World)

Love your post!! My son places his blanket in the freezer to keep it cold on hot days. Thanks for including our nutella pops. (Momma's Fun World)
Jacquie Fisher (website) on Sunday, 08 July 2012 19:46

What a great round up of ice ideas. (Now all i need is some warm weather - in the UK). Thanks for linking to Kids Co-op

What a great round up of ice ideas. (Now all i need is some warm weather - in the UK). Thanks for linking to Kids Co-op
Jacquie Fisher (website) on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 20:31

Those are great ideas. I have never heard of freezing clothes...but I like it! I hope you will come to the first ever Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri 3 tomorrow and link to this post. It is a new weekly linky party for posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children. I hope to see you there.

: 0 ) Theresa
http://www.multiples-mom.com

Those are great ideas. I have never heard of freezing clothes...but I like it! I hope you will come to the first ever Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri 3 tomorrow and link to this post. It is a new weekly linky party for posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children. I hope to see you there. : 0 ) Theresa http://www.multiples-mom.com
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