Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Frighteningly Frozen Fun

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I was inspired to make this fun Halloween Activity after seeing a similar activity on Counting Coconuts.  I knew that Emily and Juliette would enjoy this and when I came across a bag of plastic creepy crawlies and spider rings from last year I knew that they would work perfectly.

First, I gathered all the things that I was going to hide in my block of ice.  I used some mini pumpkin erasers (target dollar spot), plastic bugs and skeletons (dollar tree) and spider and bat rings (dollar tree).  Next I put them in a round baking pan and added some ice cubes and then enough water cover the objects.  Then I put them in the freezer until the whole block thing was frozen.

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After dinner the other night I put the block of ice into a shallow tub (mine was my cupcake/cake carrier) along with a bowl of warm water, some pipettes and a salt shaker.  Emily, Juliette and Grandpa got to work excavating the petrified plastic treasures!

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Here Emily is focusing on freeing this bat ring and getting an excellent fine motor skills work out.

   IMG_5701 Juliette with the ring that Grandpa excavated for her!!

This activity was so much fun and everyone including Grandpa (my dad) enjoyed it.  In fact, I don’t know who had more fun, the girls or Grandpa :0)

Next time, I am going to pre-freeze some colored water ice cubes to add into the mix.  I think it will add some more fun as the colors melt.

 

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14 comments:

Elle Belles Bows said...

Great activity! Thanks for sharing! Kerri

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love this idea! I bet they had a wonderful time. Color would make it look really cool as it melts.

Ticia said...

This reminds me I wanted to do this too

Lindsay said...

oo what a great way to "use" some of the plastic bugs and spiders and all!!

Christy said...

I have to do this. WE make icebergs for the tub a lot. I freeze little toys in cups of water with some food coloring and then put one in the tub. This always entices the kids into the tub!

Kara said...

So fun! I love that Grandpa got involved too!

Tori said...

What a great, creative idea! Love it! Looks like everyone had a blast =)

corsage said...

This is a great idea! We don't really celebrate Halloween here but I can see how I could do other themes with this activity!

247mama said...

Love it! I will be doing this as an activity at our toddler costume party. Too fun. BTW, I love all your ideas and read your blog regularly.

Cassie said...

That is a really cool idea!

littlewondersdays said...

It looks like a lot of fun!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

This is so sweet that they did this with their Grandpa. I LOVE this idea! I've been wanting to do it for awhile and always forget. Thanks for the reminder. I love the way yours turned out. The Halloween colors look so festive.

Jackie H. said...

What a clever idea to add to colored ice cubes!

Emily said...

Such a fun activity- and love that Grandpa is in on it!

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