Ice Sculptures: Inspiring Creativity in Summer

By Rebecca Eanes

The benefits of outdoor play for children has been a trendy topic recently. How can you spend quality time outdoors and still beat the heat this summer? Ice sculptures are a fun way for your child to be creative and cool down when the temperature is rising.

To make these vibrant, colorful ice blocks, I simply added several drops of food coloring to a square muffin pan and froze for approximately 24 hours. Salt holds the ice together for your little sculptor.

We had great fun with frozen ice balls. These are frozen water balloons that weren't quite frozen all the way, which conveniently left a hole in the center which was perfect for sculpting a superhero castle. I gave my sons salt, food coloring, and sprinkles, and they picked the toys they wanted to incorporate. The end result was a beautiful ice sculpture that they got several hours of play out of.

There are many ways to play with ice, including themed bins (think Antarctica and toy penguins) to ice excavations (freeze toys in ice and give your child a rubber mallet) but these ice sculptures have been a favorite for my children. I hope yours enjoy this activity as well. Happy summer!

Rebecca Eanes is the author of The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting and co-author of Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide for Putting Positive Parenting Principles into Action in Early Childhood. She is the founder of and creator of the Facebook community Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. ??Through her Facebook community and website, Rebecca reaches thousands of parents daily with the message that connection trumps coercion and love is most powerful motivator. She does not claim to be a parenting "expert" but writes parent-to-parent with the hope of inspiring others to create peaceful homes through positive parenting.

She is the grateful mother of two boys.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

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