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This is one summer activity that any Shopkins fanatic will LOVE. Not only will it be exciting for kids to have a few prizes at the end of this fun activity, but they’ll be using their noggins while doing so. This ice block treasure hunt is perfect for building and molding those problem solving skills that are ever so important.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Shopkins (or any other small toys or coins)
- Tupperware container
- A cup
- A large bowl for warm water
- Various tools for chopping and breaking the ice. This could include a hammer, spray bottle with warm water, toothpick, pliers, screwdriver, spoons, ANYTHING
- Pour an inch or two of water into a tupperware container.
- Spread a few Shopkins around.
- Freeze for a few hours.
- Repeat until all layers are complete.
- Take the ice block outside, along with the tools, and let your kids figure out how to get the pieces of treasure out! Try not to give them any hints. Just let them do their thing!
You may be wondering why I left the ice in the tupperware container before I let her have at it. I had this container in my freezer for two months while Bella (7) was away visiting family in Tennessee and Louisiana. I started it when she was here, but I didn’t finish freezing the layers before she went out of town.
The brick of ice was essentially that. A brick.
She used every tool available to no avail. The ice would NOT budge! Oops! Guess I froze it a little bit too long!
But wait…I think she caught on to the power of the last option…
This was just the right trick to melt the frozen ice! If your child is younger and doesn’t quite have total control over their motor skills, then make sure the water is warm rather than hot.
Sooooo close to getting the first Shopkin out of the block of ice! She even attempted to use her bare fingers! I love her determination.
Bella pulled out her first Shopkin! She was beyond impressed with her persistence and excited about her new Shopkin!
It didn’t take too long before the Shopkins began to quickly break away from the ice one after the other! She ditched the other tools besides the cup of hot water and the hammer, as she figured out that those two items allowed her to get the Shopkins out fast.
Once the ice melted enough, I dumped it out of the tupperware container and onto the concrete. This made it a lot easier for Bella to hammer away!
The ice eventually broke into a bunch of smaller blocks, which granted Bella easier access to the Shopkins treasure.
A lot of the Shopkins still had chunks of ice attached to them, so she dropped them inside the container of hot water. The ice melted off of the Shopkins SUPER fast. An adult should scoop the Shopkins out of the water, or you can let your child use tongs. This would be great for strengthening fine motor skills!
Here is all of the awesome loot that Bella found during the ice block treasure hunt! Yep, there were even a few coins that Dennis threw in!
Bella loved this activity so much that she wanted to do it all over again! Unfortunately, I had to turn down her request because we’re having to clean out the freezer and get it ready for freezer meals and pumped breastmilk for little sister that’s due this month. Once she heard the reason why, she was a-okay with waiting a while before doing this activity again.