Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Fun 2014 - Ice Castle Challenge


When I picked up our minifigure ice cube tray, I also grabbed a silicone castle mold (not an affiliate link).


After a few days of filling, freezing, and dumping out cubes, I had a large assortment of icy building blocks on hand, waiting for the perfect hot summer afternoon to present to the children with a challenge...


...to build the tallest...


...most elaborate structures possible...


...before the blocks melted...


...and all came tumbling down.


We have wooden block sets, but the melting ice blocks made for a refreshing change, as well as adding new levels of difficulty.


The Kikkerland tray was perfect for what I wanted, but not completely necessary.  A quick look around the house reveals all kinds of interesting containers for creating construction friendly blocks of ice.  In fact, I have a few such containers in my freezer right now.


Here's hoping for a nice hot weekend, and a library with at least one Leaning Tower of Pisa themed book on the shelf.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

10 comments:

Dawn said...

Your ice structures are so much fun. I love all of the creativity.
Blessings, Dawn

Phyllis said...

That looks like a good game!

Sunita said...

I LOVE it!!! I see a trip to Saranac Lake's winter carnival in your future....

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

What a fun activity! Now I'm tempted to pick up that ice castle mold. Any particular reason you don't use affiliate links?

Ticia said...

Maybe I'll actually follow through this year on my ice building plans...

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Maryanne - Not really. It's partly because I don't remember how to connect to my account :) and partly because I like to recommend things that are working for us sometimes without feeling like I'm selling things.

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants said...

You have an amazing creativity - your ideas are truly unique. I think I am going Amazon shopping today :D

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Sunita - Maybe I'll have to start something like that here in Montana :)

Bailey said...

What a fun idea. This would be fun for our summer cookouts.

Renee Aleshire Brown said...

Looks like so much fun!
I'm going to pin it, and also add it to my Incredible Index for Boy Fun. :)