Themed summer activities are a fun way to pass the time with your kids. As a mom with a teaching background, I find myself drawn toward themes. During the summer, the themes help me plan activities for the week so we don’t waste away the day. The ice theme helps the kiddos stay cool during the summer, but it also allows you to work in some learning while you play.
Frozen Sidewalk Chalk
You know all those popsicle molds you rarely use? Well, dust them off because you’ll use them for this summer theme. These popsicles aren’t edible, though. Instead, you’ll use them to paint the town red — or green, blue and orange. The frozen sidewalk chalk is easy to make:
- Mix equal parts cornstarch and water with hands.
- Divide the mixture into several small cups to add color.
- Stir in food coloring or tempera paint to get the desired color.
- Pour the colored liquid into popsicle molds.
- Freeze until solid.
- Use the popsicles just like sidewalk chalk.
The kids had almost as much fun making the frozen sidewalk chalk as they did drawing with it. We chose tempera paint to color the chalk because we had a lot on hand and it washes better than food coloring.
Colored Ice Cubes
This icy kids’ activity lets your kids experiment with color mixing. Fill each compartment of an ice cube tray with a little water. Let the kids stir in drops of food coloring. Encourage them to mix together two or more colors to see what happens. Cover the tray with plastic and poke a toothpick into each cube.
Once frozen, the cubes work for different activities. Make a river from aluminum foil with the hose trickling down it. Float the colored ice cube boats down the river. Or make ice art by running the colored cubes over a piece of watercolor paper. As they melt, the cubes leave behind designs.
All of those little plastic toys that never get used become more interesting in this summer kids’ activity. Freeze little plastic toys into a tray full of water. The kids melt the block of ice to rescue their trapped toys. Encourage them to try different methods, such as salt or water, to speed up the melting process.
All of the exciting ice activities will leave your little one ready for a snack. Carry the icy theme to snack time. Frozen grapes are easy and make a cool treat. Frozen, peeled bananas work as the base for a simple homemade. Blend the bananas until they are smooth like ice cream. You can’t go wrong with homemade popsicles — the edible kind. If you don’t have molds, paper cups and popsicle sticks work.
Beat the Heat
The ice summer theme is easy and inexpensive to pull off. The kids will enjoy keeping cool. They may even come up with their own icy adventures this summer.