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Summer Craft: Ice Excavation

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Using ice during playtime is a great way to stay cool during the summer. This project allows kids to be ice excavators to remove fun toys from balls or chunks of ice. It's a two-step process to freeze the item and then remove it from the ice, which means extra time being entertained!


  • Glass baking dish
  • Assorted bowls or balloons
  • Water
  • Assorted waterproof toys
  • Excavation tools like a spray bottle, fork, turkey baster or dish scrubber, salt, water gun


  • Fill the dish or balloon with toys.
  • Add water over the toys or fill up balloon and tie off. 
  • Place in freezer overnight or until frozen. 
  • Once the ice is frozen, remove it from container.
  • Place the ice blocks outside on a cookie sheet or pan and let children free the toys up using different utensils. 

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