September is the nicest month as far as weather goes here in Santa Cruz. And by nice I mean hot. So even though I did this little project a few weeks ago when the sun was beating down I am just now getting around to putting up the photos. Oh well.
You know those little plastic animals that kids get, but they never really seem to play with after they are first opened? I don't know about you - but I have tons of those at my house. (Not to mention green army guys, and legos) Well I froze them. I saw this idea somewhere and liked it because it is a free, easy, and possibly even educational way to entertain the kids on a super hot day.
They started out chipping away with butter knives, (I realize that is kind of dangerous - I was supervising closely) but then they figured out on their own that it may work better to pour water on it to make it melt faster.
I especially liked this project for my three year old Aiden, because he doesn't quite know the names of all of the animals yet so we got to work on learning those together. Also I liked tricking both the kids into being super excited about each individual animal that they didn't even care about before. They were entertained by the block of animals stuck in ice probably a good half hour or more. All the way until it was completely melted.