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Fun with Melting Ice

ages 2-6


Small toys, empty and clean milk carton, water, your freezer

Activity Detail

Kids will love this game of watching a toy slowly melt out of a block of ice. Begin by cutting the top off an empty, clean milk carton. Put a toy inside and fill the milk carton with water -- you don't have to fill it all the way, just enough to comfortably cover the toy. Then put the milk carton in the freezer until frozen solid. Once it has frozen, peel the milk carton away from the block and put in a sink or bathtub. Watch the little ones anxiously wait until the ice melts so that they can get their toy!! (First time, it's pretty cute seeing the little ones not being able to grasp the concept that their toy is not easily accessible.) With older children, you can practice telling time by guessing how long it is going to take for the ice to melt.


Ramya said:

Other Savvy parents recommend adding food coloring to the water before freezing to make more colorful ice blocks and playing this game outside in kiddie swimming pools during the summer.

- Posted on Jun 15, 2007

amyanddaniel said:

I love this activity! It teaches the concept of melting in such a unique and developmentally appropriate way!

- Posted on Jun 25, 2007

tlafontaine2 said:

This is a great opportunity to test and/or gauge your child's patience level.

- Posted on Jun 28, 2007

bethmason_us said:

This is a good idea on a hot summer day.

- Posted on Jul 24, 2007

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