Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ice Cube Castles

Ice cube castles.  A science lesson, architectural lesson, a chance to use your imagination and a great way to stay cool in the summer.

While preparing Grace's summer busy bags, I scoured pinterest for fun crafts and activities we could do to beat summer boredom.  When I came across Fun-A-Day's instructions to make an ice castle, I immediately added it to our summer to do list.

The first thing we did was take a walk through our yard collecting flower petals and smaller wildflowers.

Then, we filled ice cube trays and decorate each cube with a flower, glitter, sequence and beads. {We also made blue ice cubes adding blue food coloring to the water}.

 Grace's decorated ice cubes is much like she lives her life, full of color, sparkles and flowers. 

The hardest part...the waiting for the water to freeze.  

Then, using a paint brush and some water, construction began.

The water helps bind the cubes together.  Although, this part is mildly deceiving.  I expected the water to act like mortar is to bricks.  That was not the case.  The water kind of keeps the ice cubes together in a wobbly sort of a way.   


Though we weren't able to build our castle as high or securely as we had hoped, we still had fun.

That mischievous kitty got her nose stuck to the ice...and, to be honest, Grace's fingers stuck to the ice a bit too.


When we were finished creating, imagining and making our ice cube castle, we enjoyed watching it melt.

 You can see the full tutorial at Fun-A-Day here.


  1. Oh how fun! I'm putting this away for our summer, it's currently 50f brrr freezing, it might be a while before we try this.

  2. Now this is a project Jacob would probably love! (Except he would probably fill his cubes with dirt, bugs and grass.)

  3. That is so cool! I cannot wait to try this with Wynn.

  4. We will have to try this. We might have Army guys visiting our creation. :-)

  5. This sounds like a GREAT idea & my son would LOVE this. Thank you!

  6. Amazing idea as always! So inspired by you.

  7. That's such a neat idea! Will have to try it with my nieces and nephews... they would get a kick out of this.

    1. Thanks Maysem. The making and filling of the ice cubes was so fun.

  8. What an awesome idea. You are one cool mama!

  9. I have never heard of building ice castles with ice cubes. Very cool idea!!! My oldest got a popsicle at a parade once, it was so cold, her tongue froze immediately to it and we had to pour water over her tongue for it to took the skin right off her tongue in that spot!!!

  10. ice cubes are always fun. We once put dinosaurs in the tray and then talked about the ice age :)

  11. I have never seen anything like this before. So cool! :)

  12. Wow, cool! Got to try this....I love the "no money" crafts you do:) Thanks Amy!!

  13. I think you are on to something here....

  14. That looks amazing:)
    You have explained it so well.
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