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DIY: Frozen Treasures Summer Excavation Activity!

Today’s DIY “Frozen Treasures” is so simple and inexpensive, and it will provide hours of entertainment for your kiddos. With hot summer days just a blink away, this activity will keep your child’s little hands busy as well as frosty and cool!

To create Frozen Treasures, here is what you will need:

  • One large plastic bin. You can find these at dollar and discount stores or most likely have one around the home.
  • Small plastic toys such as cars, dinosaurs, blocks, etc. They should be waterproof!
  • Food coloring or water color paints.
  • “Tools” such as toothbrushes, child safe hammers, and spoons.

Here is what you do!

  • Fill the plastic container with water.
  • Add in the small toys.
  • Place in the freezer. Wait 15 minutes, then add some splashes of food coloring or water color paint. Note: if you don’t wait until the water is starting to freeze then your colors will all mix and turn into a big brown tub of water. Wait until it is starting to freeze to keep your colors from running together.
  • One the water is frozen solid, remove from the freezer.
  • Using the tools, your child can “dig” and “excavate” for their treasures and dinos! You can also give them cups of warm water to help melt the ice, or water colors to continue to paint the ice!

It will take hours for this block of ice to melt, creating long lasting fun! Your kids will love digging and chipping away at the ice to try to get to the treasures, and the ice will cool them off at the same time. This hands on activity will pique their imagination as well as strengthen their fine motor skills.

So grab a bin, fill it up, and get in on the fun!

Thanks Counting Coconuts!

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6 thoughts on “DIY: Frozen Treasures Summer Excavation Activity!”

  1. Maria Flores says:

    My kids love digging for “dinosaur bones” and other stuff they can find. I finally had to buy a whole bunch of cheap utensils for them because my good ones always ended up broken, lost, or left outside in the dirt! This sounds like such a fun idea for them, and they get all wet in the process (instead of all full of dirt from the back yard!). Haha. Thanks for this post.

  2. I love it! What size are the bins used?

  3. This is a fabulous idea! I’m off to the dollar store to buy some little treasures. I live in Florida and as an outdoor activity this will not take hours!  I’m going to use spray bottles to help melt the ice.

  4. Sounds like kids would get frustrated if it took HOURS, also, kids chipping away at ice?  Sounds dangerous…

    I’ve seen this done in a dog bowl with dog toys on hot days where the dog licks it until it melts.  But again, kids, frustrated with an ice pick?… not cool.

    • Kathy says:

      Ummmm, I do believe you are over thinking this just a tad. Never said an ice pick was to be used. Use come common sense and have fun with the kiddos!

  5. sully says:

    what a wonderful idea