Ice Sandbox and Block Play

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The heat wave continues in our area and that means so does the icy fun. How did we play with ice today? Think boxes and blocks.

First up was an ice “sandbox”, a fantastic riff on at-home sandbox play. But this time I filled a shallow tray with crushed ice instead of sand.

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I added a few beach toys and we headed out to the back patio. From there, it was the coolest beach day ever! We decided to squeeze on food coloring for fun, but you can skip that part.

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Veronika then loved scooping through the ice with a beach shovel and using it to fill up little toy boats and sand pails.

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She also loved hopping a frog through the ice. And feeding the frog some ice! It must have been thirsty.

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But those tiny ice chips melt fast when it’s already 80 degrees at 8 a.m., so we needed something more solid. Luckily I was prepared.

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The night before, freeze water in an empty milk container. I added a few drops of blue food coloring to this one for an ocean feel, then trapped a few toys inside (an activity that the kids never tire of).

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No need to chip away at the ice with a hammer on this day, though; the sun did all the work and melted her little toys free!

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Even neater, the water in our almond milk carton hadn’t frozen entirely over night, leaving a crystal cavern of water in the middle.

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Big brother Travis delighted in this particular ice game even more, picking apart the block and releasing the toys inside as each portion melted.

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Finally, I had filled a bunch of water balloons the night before and then popped them in the freezer!

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These were a fantastic hit. Veronika held them and bounced them liek yo-yos…

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…and giggled at how cold they felt when she held them.

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And of course we could smash them to the ground to crack open like icy eggs.

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Now we were all cooled off!

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