Do you ever see those treasure hunting toys? The ones where you need to crack an egg full of sand to find a dinosaur inside? Super fun right? SO much fun. My brother-in-law got my kids one of those…And I HATE IT. Kid’s toys can be annoying (play dough that dries out, small pieces that can get stepped on when you least expect) but by far, the worst kind of toys are MESSY toys. But hey, my kids love these treasure hunting toys. So how do we do this? Well in my endless search for summer activities for kids, I decided that creating our own treasure hunt toy would be the best course of option. I can’t deny that it’s fun for the kids, keeps them busy for an HOUR, and it’s really rewarding once they get the toy out.
And that’s when I thought of a version of this treasure hunt toy that might be just as fun and NOT messy. This version is super fun, will keep the kids busy for up to an hour, and the best part? They can take part in making it as well as playing with it. So what’s different? This DIY treasure hunt swaps sand for water, or rather ice. You can put whatever toy or treasure you want inside and you can even add your own flair by using food coloring to color it! All in all, this costs less than $20 and is super easy to clean up. It’s a win-win for everyone! This has been without a doubt, one of my favorite summer activities for kids. To learn how to make your own, read on!
What you need:
Container (any container you have at home)
Tools for digging
Fill the tray with water and then throw in the animals. Place them nice and spread out. Then drop some food coloring for fun and put them in the freezer for up to 6 hours. I do it overnight to ensure it freezes.
I like to do this once a week to have an activity on hand for them to do outside. This is so much fun for kids and can be a great learning game too! Instead of toys, add alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.