Note: The art center is FINISHED!! I can’t wait to show you all the details tomorrow. (Update: see the art center here!) Fingers crossed the sun comes out for a nanosecond today so I can get some better picture… you’ll just have to hang onto your paintbrushes another day for the big reveal. Spoiler alert: I’m SO pleased with how it came out!
To tide you over until the art space viewing, I have a super simple, super engaging summer activity that we did on Saturday. How simple? Picture yourself sitting on the couch with some sort of fruity beverage flipping through the Real Housewives channel while your kids fold the laundry. Yeah… that simple.
Find the biggest casserole dish you can fit into your freezer and pile that bad boy up with small little toys. Fill it with water, and if you’re in a peppy mood, add a few drops of food coloring. (I was, so I did.)
Caution: you might need to unload some of the ice cream cluttering up your freezer so go grab a spoon and your competitive eating game face. Place your mega ice-cube in the freezer and let it set for a day or two. I put ours out on the patio and gave the kids an array of ‘tools’ to use for their excavation: spray bottles, forks, and table knives (read: NOT sharp).
Eleanor was a little more motivated to rescue the toys than her brother… it probably had something to do with the princess frozen Hans Solo style right at the surface. Oliver started to look alive when he noticed the fireman on ice.
Regardless, both kids were easily kept on task for close to an hour with their ice rescue. I’m not kidding. 60 minutes. Six-oh.
All in all, this was a slam dunk. They loved trying to melt the ice.
They loved trying to pry out their toys .
They loved eating the ice chips as the whole thing melted more and more.
They loved feeling the smooth cold surface.
And they loved smashing the final remains when we came home from lunch to see what melting progress had been made.
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