Ice Block Treasure Hunt: Pinterest Win or Pinterest Fail?

Friday, June 16, 2017

We've all guilty of it -- we saw something on a blog or Pinterest and thought, I need to try that with my kids! Sometimes these experiments are wildly successful, while other times they are a total flop. Here in Texas, any activities that involve water and keeping my kids busy are ones that I'm willing to try. My kids are 12, 3, and 1, so it takes a really interesting craft or day trip to be able to appeal to all of them. I came across the ice block treasure hunt activity and had to see for myself if this was a Pinterest win or a Pinterest fail -- here's the verdict: 

First, let's talk about what you'll need -- 


  1. Plastic container or bowl
  2. Water
  3. Small toys: plastic dinosaurs, jax, seashells, marbles, etc
  4. Ice cube trays and food coloring
  5. Materials to melt away the ice block: spray bottles filled with warm water, hammers (if age appropriate), or paint brushes 


According to Pinterest, you should take your plastic container or bowl and freeze the toys in layers. First put about an inch of water on the bottom of the container, dump several plastic toys on top, followed by colored ice cubes, if desired. Then freeze. Once that layer is frozen, repeat with more cold water, toys, and ice cubes. Repeat until the container is filled and frozen with various layers. 

Once the block is frozen solid, take it outside and remove it from the plastic container by turning it upside down onto a surface, like a patio or grass. Let your kids expore the ice block with a hammer, warm water in a spray bottle, or a paintbrush with warm water -- anything that can safely (and age appropriately!) melt the ice.

The verdict:

With my 12, 3, and 1 year old, this ice block treasure hunt was a hit -- for about five minutes. 

The 12 year old thought it was somewhat of a waste of time because the prizes were "lame."

My 3 year old is a terrifying sight with a hammer and quickly got bored of the spray bottles and paint brush.

The one year old had no idea what was happening.

Perhaps if your kids' ages were slightly in between mine, like 5-8, this would have been a Pinterest Win. However, since none of my three kids showed an interest and the experiement took awhile to set up, I am deeming it a Pinterest Fail. Womp womp. 


What do you think, Austin parents? Have you tried this experiment? 

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