Outdoor Activities: Melt the Ice Cube
Make melting a game in this ice-thawing race!
- Ice cube trays:
- Dixie® cups:Use them to make bigger ice cubes for a longer lasting game.
- Ice cubes:However you make them, they all need to be pretty much the same size.
- Cups of water:More Dixie cups!
- Players:At least two.
- Referee:Mom or dad.
- Make a bunch of equal-size ice cubes.
- Fill Dixie® cups with water, one for each player. Use room temperature water—you don't want it too hot or too cold.
- Have the children wear something that can get wet, like a bathing suit or t-shirt. In other words, no dry-clean only dupioni silk numbers.
- Get your little hot tamales outside and ready for some melting action.
- Hand each child an ice cube. Then pop a few into an iced tea for you.
- Ready, set, go! The object of the game is to melt your ice cube the fastest. Try anything—hold it in your hand, dunk it in the water, hide it under your armpit—except your mouth. Your lips and tongue are off-limits.
- If the kids want to add a little drama, they can scream "I'm melting!" à la the Wicked Witch of the West while their cubes disappear.
- The best part of this game ... no messy stains to clean up! Just have the kids strip off their wet clothes and change into something dry.
- This is a cool summer birthday party game. Turn it into a competition—the kid whose cube melts the quickest, wins! This is a great way to occupy the kids without spending a lot of cash on some fancy party game. Save your money for more important things, like the cake! Mmmmmm.
- Know what else melts? Ice cream! Make your own with Nick Jr.'s Ice Cream in Two Bags recipe and see if you can make it last long enough to melt.