Wednesday, July 24, 2013


To stay cool during the weekend while Brian was gone, I froze some toys in a big tub so that N2 could hammer the ice.  We didn't do this until Brian was home since we had so many other projects to do.  I froze colored ice cubes and put them in the tub before freezing the tub but I guess my ice cubes weren't frozen enough.  I had hoped to have small areas with color but it ended up just being all one color.  Oh well!

I let them use their hammers to hammer the ice apart.  We learned that you can't hammer directly on the toys because it shatters the toys.  OOPS!  But at least the things that broke were spider rings that they didn't care about.

We also tried to figure out how else we could melt the ice.  We discovered that salt helps ice melt but sugar does not.  I think we used up the rest of our salt container :)
We also learned that pouring hot water would melt the ice but also spraying the ice with the hose would melt it.

Things we learned regarding this project:
-make sure your tub is freezer safe (mine was not and completely cracked, so now I have no bin)
-don't hammer directly on toys-they will shatter
-freeze ice cubes solidly before adding to the tub (maybe even freeze the tub slightly so the water in there is fairly cool)
-perhaps wear safety goggles while hammering, especially when using the claw side of the hammer

1 comment:

  1. We did this two years ago (well, Amelia did) and we had the same problem with the ice cubes. If you do it again, put plain ice cubes in your tub of water until the water is really cold (or partially freeze the whole tub) and then add the colored ice cubes. We didn't have any toys break, but I would venture to say that your kids hammered a lot harder than Amelia did at age 3.