The Big Freeze

Giant Ice Block

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Looking for a "unique"

way to cool off this summer? 

 

Try a GIANT Ice Block!

Easy to create...You just need a tub, some water, a few plastic

frogs and a freezer. 

1. Locate a giant tub

2. Add 3-4" of water

3. Toss in a few plastic frogs

3. Freeze

4. Add 3-4" of water

5. Toss in a few plastic frogs

6. Freeze

7. Add 3-4" of water

8. Toss in a few plastic frogs

9. Freeze

Continue until the entire tub is full. 

(This will take approx 1-2 weeks to fill and freeze solid)

Just add a little water each day until it is full. 

On reveal day, just turn the tub upside down, allow to sit for 10-15 minutes, and dump it out.

Allow the kids to take turns sitting on the block of ice and then hand out plastic knives, squirt guns, and/or squirt bottles and allow them to "free the frogs" by chipping away at the ice.

Each frog that they successfully free...hops home with them!

(Frogs can be purchased from Oriental Trading. Add anything else that you would like to add.)

An ice block can be added to any summer activity!

ice cream in a bag
 

Ice Cream in a Bag
Recipe

Looking for a "cool" treat for a

hot summer's day?

This homemade, creamy treat is a summertime delight for kids and adults alike.

Shake, shake, shake...shake, shake, shake...Yummmmm!

That's the sound you'll hear as your children whip up a batch of cool, creamy, yummy

"Ice cream in a Bag."

What you will need

Sugar (1 Tbsp per child)

Milk (1/2 cup per child)

Vanilla (1/4 tsp. per child)

Rock salt (Ice Cream Salt) 6 Tbsp. per child

1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (per child) (I purchase 2 per child and double bag)

1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag (per child)

Spoons (1 per child)

Old towels in case of spills, melting ice or one per child for good measure! 

Ice cubes or bags of ice (I buy bags of ice.) Purchase enough ice to fill 1-gallon bag 1/2 full...plus extra for refills if the ice melts too fast...depends on the time of year. The more ice and salt you use the quicker it freezes.)

How to make it

  • Fill the large bag half full of ice

  • Add the rock salt.

  • Seal the bag.

  • Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.

  • Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.

  • Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes. 

  • Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

Tips​

  • Allow the children to measure and mix their own ice cream...It's something they will remember forever. Adult supervision is needed of course!

  • Create your ice cream outdoors or on a tile floor (in the gym, on the sidewalk, etc)...accidents do happen.

  • I always double bag the milk, vanilla, sugar mixture. Just place one small bag inside the other and THEN place the double bag inside the large bag. Some kids can get a little excited and shake too hard. 

  • 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don't increase the proportions more than that -- a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

  • Ice does get cold. If a child's hands get cold; or the get tired of shaking, have them place their bag on the floor and turn over and over and over. An old bath towel to lay the bag on may be a good idea. Children would place their bags on top of the towel to turn it over and over on the towel.

  • If the ice cream does not harden, add more rock salt to the ice bag.

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