Digging for Dinosaurs

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids to beat the summer heat, then have them dig through ice for dinosaurs. When I first saw this idea I knew I had to try it with my boys this summer.

For this project you will need:

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  • A shallow plastic tub or container
  • Food coloring
  • Small plastic dinosaurs
  • Small hammers

You will need to start this project a day before you give it to the kids to play with. It takes about 24 hours for the tub of ice to completely freeze.

In order to freeze the dinosaurs in the ice, you will need to layer them in the container so that they don’t all end up floating to the top of the ice. Start by placing about 2 inches of water in the container.


If you want to add food coloring, add a few drops of green or blue food coloring and stir to dissolve.

Place several of the dinosaurs in the water and put in the freezer until the water is frozen.

Take the container out of the freezer and add another layer of water and more dinosaurs and freeze again.

Continue until you have the desired amount of ice frozen in the container and let it freeze completely until the next day.

Take the container out onto the patio and dump the ice out of the plastic container.

Give your children the tools they will need to break the dinosaurs out of the ice. We had some soft mallets that wouldn’t cause too much damage if someone’s finger got in the way. You can also give them the garden hose and let them use the running water to melt the ice.

My boys had a great time digging through the ice for the dinosaurs. It is a fun activity for a hot day. You can also put the block of ice into a small wading pool and put your children in the pool with the ice.

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