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