Family Time Calendar: Cold as Ice!

When it's cold as ice outside, it's a great time to play with ice! If you live in a hot-weather climate, playing with ice is especially cool!

Save clean, empty half-gallon milk cartons and fill with water. Place in the freezer until frozen solid. To remove the ice, run the carton under warm water until it's released. Make a bunch of these ice blocks and let kids use them to build an ice sculpture outside. (Use snow or a thin film of water to hold them together.) For an artistic look, freeze objects inside the carton, such as small pine branches or twigs.

Fill a muffin tray with water, add food coloring to each cup and freeze into "ice cups." Run warm water under the tray to release the cups. One kid hides them around the yard and sends other kids on an "ice hunt." Whoever finds the most ice cups is the winner!

Make an ice cube necklace for your snowman. Fill an ice cube tray with water, then carefully press a 20-inch length of yarn into each cube on one side of the tray so it will freeze into the ice cubes. When frozen, pop out the ice cubes, tie the yarn together and hang around your snowman as a necklace or a belt. It's a cool fashion!

Fill a clean, empty margarine container with water and freeze solid. Run under warm water to release the ice, and then use it for "curling" on flat, preferably icy, pavement. Players take turns using a broom to push and slide the ice block toward a goal.

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