I hoped for a warm day to do an ice-themed camp invitation*, but in England all we had were moderate days and chilly days. The kids seemed completely unfazed by this fact and the ice probably lasted longer!
I had soooooo many kinds of ice. I basically just did everything I could remember Busy Toddler ever talking about for ice crafts ever, plus anything I could think of in my own brain. I took the chia seeds that were a sensory bin activity on Monday and put them into Easter eggs to freeze them into these weird bumpy cool sticky eggs.
I took the water beads that were an activity another camp day and put them into resealable bags to freeze into colorful spherical chunks. I froze flower petals that were leftover from “nature soup” day.
I froze huge blocks of ice with little plastic dinosaurs trapped in them.
I froze leftover paint, some of it with popsicle sticks in it and some of it without.
I wadded up as much pink tulle as I could and froze it into a huge ice chunk just because. I froze food coloring’ed water and glitter just for the fun of it. I froze pompoms and Koosh balls.
I froze stuff in cupcake trays, ice cube trays, soap-making molds, big plastic containers, small plastic cups, Ziplock bags, and everything else I could fit any which way into a freezer.
(A quick word of thanks to all my coworkers with whom I share one tiny work freezer and who put up with me tucking oddly-shaped containers of oddities in, around, on top of, underneath, and basically every which way next to their food for a week. 😉 )
I set out all of the frozen things (and also some just regular ice cubes) into three kiddie pools along with hammers, eyedroppers, turkey basters, and a big sheet of cardboard so they could paint on it with the colorful water/frozen paint if they wanted.
We had a blast smashing everything to bits! Excavating the dinos from the huge ice chunk was the immediate draw for most kids, but even after the dinos had all been rescued, everyone had a great deal of glee just smashing everything and touching it and exploring it and painting with it. (One of our kiddie pools — the one with the most rigid plastic — got a hole smashed in the bottom of it despite being on a grassy surface, so beware!)
*I recently ran a week-long, sensory-rich, arts-and-crafts, child-led play day camp for 30 kids and their parents! I’ll be talking about it for awhile. You can read all about it under the Camp Creativity tag.