Nothing is cheaper, easier to make and more fun than ice--if you're a kid, that is.
Children find ice endlessly entertaining. A bowl of plain cubes from the freezer will fascinate them on a hot summer afternoon. Think of how much more fun it would be if you added frozen treasures, colored the ice or even made it wearable. (Dubious? We'll show you how below ...)
There are three major ways of creating colored ice.
- The first method is to use food coloring. The new neon food coloring is especially fun. Plus, a little food coloring goes a long way, so that $8 box could last you all summer.
- Another option is using Kool Aid mix, which is usually ten for $1. No need to mix an entire pitcher or add sugar--just whip up as much as you need at a time.
- The last option is the most natural. Blueberries, turmeric, beets and spinach will all make colored water when boiled down. If you prefer organic ice, this is your best method. Be warned, however, that most of these activities are best done outside, and not in any sort of new or white clothing. Staining of skin and clothing is always a possibility. The more you dilute your colors, the less staining you'll incur.
A quick search on Pinterest and you can discover oodles of different ice activities for kids guaranteed to fill an entire summer. You don't really have to go searching, though, because we've compiled seven of our faves right here for you.
With a handful of supplies and a freezer, you'll be ready for some cool (pun intended) entertainment in no time.
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