I found great activity on Pintrest the other day from Crumbbums and as we were headed to the dollar store anyways we added plastic dinos to the list. We could have used any toys really but we have been reading about dinosaurs so it was a nice chance for them to be able to role play. We picked up one pack of the small dinos and one of the large at a whopping total of $3.00. The only other stuff you need to gather is a bin to freeze them in, I would suggest a shallow but wide one. If the toys are in too deep it will take you forever to uncover them. The food colouring is optional. I had the boys wear ‘play clothes’ in case the food colouring stained but it didn’t seem to be an issue.
Arrange your toys in the bin and add coloured water. I popped the lid on my container as I could just see myself dropping it. Place in freezer until the next day. Your child should ask you 87 times when it will be ready. Maybe don’t tell them.
Collect your tools. We chose plastic tools and assorted stuff out of the kitchen drawer. Bug really wanted to wear his safety goggles.
I popped the ice out right into our paddling pool. I could see one spot was unfrozen but that proved to be pretty cool later. (check out those chubby little toes, I could just eat them up)
Let them experiment which ‘tools’ work best.
Smashie wielding a metal spoon.
The plastic knife was fun for sawing and shaving the ice.
They worked well together and no one got hurt!
After about 20 minutes Bug was left to work on his own.
Bug makes his first bit of progress.
Smashie came back to make some noise but did not like the flying ice.
Or the safety goggles.
Remember that unfrozen part, that was pretty exciting. Bug poured out the water and had a big hole!
Daddy came home and out came a real hammer. Things really picked up at this point. And he was good about giving it back to me if his brother made an appearance. (because nobody wants to go to the emerg. room with a Pintrest injury)
And then we brought out the big guns, literally. We filled his Super Soaker with warm water.
Smashie loved the bucket of warm water. He was fascinated with the ice dissolving.
The boys loved having the dinos to play with for the rest of the day.
As for me, I watched with a glass of iced Chai from the comfort of my Muskoka chair. Ahhhh.
Let me know if you try this out! It was a ton of fun and we have a “safari” themed one chilling out for later in the week. I think a pirate or princess treasure theme could be cute as well.