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Sibling Activity: Giant Ice Balls

Summer is finally here and we’re all about playing with things that will keep us refreshed. Water is a key instrument to our activities year round, and the Summer months are the perfect time to whip them all out! 

 

While we do have a pool, it’s not always possible for us to use it, especially with Little N still being so young.

 

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That’s why I try to setup activities for him that will keep him refreshed in the heat, but doesn’t necessarily require 150% of my attention like the pool would.

 

Enter this giant ice ball activity.

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While we did originally do it indoors, I’m definitely planning on taking this out onto the deck and make this a sibling play activity.

 

These giant ice balls can be use in a variety of ways:

 

  • play hockey with them on the deck
  • use them in the water table
  • add them to a kiddie pool and add some figurines to create a “small world”
  • add surprises inside the balls and give your kiddos tools to smash the ice

 

The possibilities are endless! PLUS, it took about 3 minutes of my time to setup.

 

 

Here’s how you can easily set it up for your kiddos.

 

Materials:

 

  • balloons
  • food colouring

 

Method

 

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Take a balloon and add a few drops of food colouring to it. 

 

Slide the balloon around the nose of the faucet and turn on the tap. Add water until you reach your desired size for the ballon. Once the water is added, just tie the balloon and set in your freezer overnight.

 

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A few additional notes:

 

  • If you want that mesmerizing colour at the bottom of the ice ball, don’t swirl the water around.
  • If you don’t have time to freeze overnight, freeze it for a few hours until you feel like a “crust” has formed inside the balloon. When you open it, you’ll have an ice ball with a whole in it, which can add a whole new dimension to this activity!

 

If you try this fun activity, tag me on Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to see the different variations of your ice balls!

 

Enjoy the Summer! 

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