If your child loves dinosaurs, this Dino Ice Dig activity is going to be a huge hit! It’s easy to set up and will have your child melting ice with salt and water to free toy dinosaurs and other treasures from a frozen block of ice. Science, water play, and fine motor development are all wrapped up in one in this fun, icy activity!
--WHAT YOU'LL NEED--
Salt (coloured with a few drops of blue food colouring)
A shaker container for the salt
Bowl of hot water
In a large container, freeze your ice block in layers, over the course of a couple of days, adding a few items to the water, placing the container in the freezer, and repeating with another layer when the previous one is frozen.
When your ice block is ready, pour a little hot water over the container and wait till the block slips out. Then set up a space for "digging" either out in your garden, bathtub or dining table. If setting up in your living room, cover your table with towels.
Start out by getting your kids to sprinkle some of the colourful salt all over the ice block. This kickstarts the melting process.
Use spoons or syringes to pour hot water over the ice, and get digging with your spoons.
As the ice block gets smaller and smaller, help your kids break off chunks of ice and free the different treasures.