With temperatures hitting 100* this week, we need to find ways to stay cool while we play outside. I've seen some fantastic ideas on Pinterest, including Ice Play Ideas from kids weekly co-op , watercolor ice art from Learn Play Imagine , and More fun with colored ice from Time For Play.
I'm also very interested in reusing and recyling as much as possible, and have been saving dried markers for a while, in order to make my own watercolor paints - an idea I found on Finding My Marbles.
This week I put all those ideas together, and came up with this invitation to play.
To get the beautiful colors, I soaked similar colored old markers in a little water for a couple of days. Don't you love the intensity of the pink? Once I had the colors, I watered them down enough to fill a variety of reused containers, and froze them.
I anticipated some fun color mixing as the ice melted, and we did see some of that - unfortunately I offered too many colors, and the resulting mix eventually resulted in a yukky grey-brown. The kids didn't seem to mind, because, as always, it's the process they are interested in, much more than the result.
They were fascinated by the colors and shapes, and crowded around the water table to get in on the action!