Ice Treasure Hunt

ice treasure hunt

The happiness in his face says it all!

I’ve seen this sort of ice treasure hunt idea a few times while searching the Internet, and I thought it looked like fun.  My son loves ice, and we’ve done different things before using it in play: Arctic Play Scene, Ice Cube Painting, Dinosaur Ice Blocks.  The idea of the treasure hunt is to use tools  (or water to melt the ice) to dislodge the toys from the ice.

Ice Treasure Hunt

Large plastic container (empty ice cream containers work well)

Plastic toys (that won’t get damanged when wet

Food colouring (optional)


ice treasure hunt

  • Fill a large plastic container with water (we added a little blue colouring)
  • Place a selection plastic toys inside
  • Freeze for about 8 hours (until solid)

Ice Treasure Hunt

  • I gave my son plastic tools and eye protection (ice does tend to fly around), and he loved smashing the ice and finding the toys inside.   You can also use water to melt the ice (hot or cold).

ice treasure hunt

Perfect for these hot summer days!


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    January 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Great idea!!! Wow – you have some awesome ideas on here! I must say – there is NO chance my 2 y.o daughter would leave my little man alone long enough to do this!!! She just has to do everything he does!!! I’ll have to have a search around your site to get ideas for younger kids too….kept her distracted!! My son LOVES dinosaurs, so I have a feeling we’ll be doing this one soon!! Thanks for the ideas!!

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    January 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    that is a great idea…going right now to look for containers and toys so we can do this tomorrow..thanks for all the great ideas!!!

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    January 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Just made some up..my 5yrs boy will LOVE it.
    Great idea

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    November 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Love this! I just did this with my kids a fortnight ago… What a hit like your boy the smile and excitment on this face told the whole story!

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    November 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Hey there, Love this idea, where did you get the ice pick if that’s what it is?

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      November 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Danielle.

      It’s just plastic. It’s one of those tool toy things you can get from most stores (so there was a hammer, googles and this pick-like thing).

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