Ice Age Excavation – Outdoor Winter Play with Ice

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Looking for ways to explore the freezing weather with young children? How about getting creative with some outdoor ice play.

Create your own mini excavation with a few dinosaurs or fossils! This winter play activity is so simple to make, all you need are; plastic containers, small toy dinosaurs, shells, or stones. 
How to Create your Ice Age Excavation Activity
:: Pour water into a plastic dish or container & add your chosen item to excavate later.We found adding just one item worked best, although it’s tempting to add more.
:: If you wish to hang your dino ice up, remember to add a length of string to the water before freezing.
:: Leave the container outside to freeze overnight. Alternatively add it to your freezer. 
:: Once completely frozen, remove the ice from the container & either hang it on a tree for your mini palaeontologist to discover later, or explore & excavate straight away outdoors. 
:: Add a wooden hammer along with some goggles & gloves, & you can tap away until the ice breaks to release the dinosaur or fossils inside. 
:: Alternatively, sprinkle a little salt from your kitchen cupboard over the ice, or pour over a little water & discover what happens. 
Have fun! Who knows what treasures will be discovered!

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