If you’re looking for a cooling activity to do with your children this summer, then look no further. This rainbow ice water play is not only easy to set up, but it’s really refreshing on a scorching day.
We had a hot summers afternoon last week and our toddler Evie was outside playing in her paddling pool. I thought putting a little bit of ice in it would make a great sensory activity and keep her cool at the same time. To make it more fun we made it really colourful. I’ve included the really easy recipe below.
Evie loved trying to catch the ice cubes and it was really beautiful watching all of the colours spread around as the ice melted. The water in her pool was really warm so it melted quite quickly. We didn’t have as much pink and blue ice as we did yellow and green, so the pool did end up a very ‘wee’ like colour.[sliderpro id=”13″]
If you want the pool to be really colourful, I’d recommend making more dominant darker colours such as blue and pink. We made sure the colouring for the ice cubes was edible, as Evie’s still in the ‘everything in the mouth’ stage.
If you wanted to make some rainbow ice cubes it’s really easy. Simply put a few drops of food colouring in an ice cube tray and top with water.
I recommend doing it this way around because it mixes better. Leave them over night to set, or at least for a few hours and then add them to your pool/bath. Be warned, food colouring does look like it’s staining your hands and clothes. I promise you it washes off and your little one will not come out the pool multi-coloured.
If you’re looking for some more summer play activities, check out our 5 summer sensory activities.
How are you cooling down this summer? Would you try this ice play?