Tuesday's Tips for Summer Survival (TTSS) is a weekly carnival to help mamas survive the long summer days. The goal is to share kid-friendly tips so we can end up on the other side of this summer with what little sanity we had when we started.
Because of our gloomy summer weather, this activity didn't keep the boys entertained for too long. But it had a short prep time and cost nothing.
Jack was watching Curious George on PBS this morning and asked if we could try this idea. "Wait...I thought I had to think of all the ideas to entertain you this summer! You mean, you might actually have ideas to contribute? SCORE!"
This morning we started with a bunch of different plastic containers.We filled them with water and put them in the freezer.After a trips to the playground, library, party store, Mexican restaurant for lunch, grocery store and the all important nap, we had ICE!After waiting a minute, the ice melted enough around the edges that they could be slipped out and used as blocks.
Once they got over the cold of the ice in their hands, they had fun building towers and whole cities...and licking their blocks. They did request hot chocolate (in June!?!?!?) when they were ready to go inside. They went outside several times before bedtime to see how their creations were faring.
We'll definitely be doing this again on a hot day (if we ever get a hot day!) and it would also be a great activity for a playdate.
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Grab the code for my button (over there on the left) and write your own post about a kid-friendly idea that might help a mama keep her sanity this summer. (Feel free to include the obligatory cute kid photo!)
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