First off, thanks to Mary Beth at Salt & Chocolate for giving me the idea to make some ice block treasures for the kids. We made these for a backyard BBQ a while back, and it kept the kids and their friends busy throughout the evening. Here’s how to make your own…
What You’ll Need:
Small trinkets from around the house (buttons, coins, shells, legos, plastic animals, etc.)
Large container that fits in your freezer
Excavation tools (toy hammer, plastic gardening tools, rock salt, toothbrushes)
What to do:
1. Place a few of your items in the container and fill partially 1/3 full with water. Place in freezer overnight.
2. Place more items on top of the frozen layer, and fill with ice-cold water until container is about 2/3 full. Again, place in freezer overnight.
3. Add final trinkets and fill up container with ice cold water. Freeze final time.
4. Take container outside and release ice block either onto the ground, or in our case we put it in a water table to elevate it a bit.
5. Give the kids their excavation tools and let them get to work on retrieving their treasures. It’s fun to watch how much excitement ensues when the first treasure is released. (In our case, it was an arm from a rubber lizard.)