Stay Active with Hambone: Awesome Ice Dig


Welcome back, Rescue Dogs fans! Hambone here again to keep you pumped for summertime fun.


Today’s activity is for all of the archeology buffs out there, and it’s the perfect way to beat the summer heat.


Get your ice-chipping tools ready, because we’re going on a dig!


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— Food coloring

— Miniature plastic toys

— Large plastic container

— Water

— Excavating tools (spray bottle, toy hammer, toothbrush, hand shovel etc.)


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  1. Fill the plastic container with water and a food coloring of your choice.

  2. Add the tiny toys. Paw-sonally I’d suggest dinosaurs, or maybe even a few plastic pups!

  3. Freeze for about twelve hours, until the water becomes a block of ice.


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Set some ground rules about tool safety and for participants to be mindful around their siblings’ fingers! Aside from that, children will be entertained as they excavate their toys from the ice block.


For an educational twist to teach children about ecosystems or layers of the Earth, fill the plastic container 1/3 of the way with water, one food color, a few toys and freeze it. Then add another layer of water, a different food color and toys, and freeze that layer as well. The final layer can be clear water. Be sure to leave enough time for each layer to set or you’ll end up with a block of one mixed up color.


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This is a great outdoor project for a hot summer day. You can set it up in the backyard or put it in a kiddie pool or bathtub with a little bit of water and let the kids hop in.


Which kids-friendly tool worked best to excavate toys? Share your Awesome Ice Dig experience in the comments below and I’ll see you again next week for another Stay Active with Hambone!


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h/t: Crumb Bums and Jennifer Perkins

Some adult supervision required.


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