If you have read my blog before you will know that I really enjoy doing fun messy play activities with Amelia. Here is our latest…
So the idea started as being frozen chalks but ended up becoming frozen water cubes with different things frozen into them.
I literally mixed half a cup of cornflour with half a cup of water and added a choice of food colouring. This amount made enough for about 6 cubes of each colour and I put these into an ice cube tray and into the freezer! I also have this silicone cake pop tray (pretty sure its Christmas shapes but hey!) that I used one side of (the side without the hole after flooding the kitchen surface once..oops) and just put some water into. I then delved into the baking cupboard and sprinkled into the water a selection of different hundreds and thousands and little sparkly cake bits. I then put these into the freezer too.
It only took a couple hours for them to be solid so I popped them into a bowl and got set up. It wasn’t that sunny today but it was quite mild so thought it was best to do this kind of activity outside. I again used our trusty blue paddling pool and filled it with a little warm water. I put Amelia into a swim nappy and costume and we got started.
Just to warn you the pictures aren’t that great and it does look quite gross. Once the cubes started to melt all the different colours mixed together and created a rather unpleasant murky water but who said messy was going to be pretty?!
When the cornflour cubes melted they went to a really strange texture and Amelia’s face was brilliant she was rubbing the cubes in her hand and was so intrigued watching them get smaller and smaller until she was left with a solid lump of cornflour. She really liked picking up the different colours and chasing them round the water with her hands, this did let out a few screams and squeals of excitement when she managed to grab one.
The frozen water with the sprinkles inside were great too. Once they melted all the sprinkles and shapes were floating in the water or appeared into Amelia’s hands once she had watched the water melt and I think she was also pretty fascinated by this!
As there was water involved Amelia obviously splashed so much that I may as well have been sat in the pool next to her I was that soaked! It was a really fun play activity that developed from one idea and became our own (I’m sure someone has done it before but I thought of putting the cake decorations into water without using google!) She played for about 20minutes and it was a different experience for her to learn from and enjoy. There was different textures as the water melted away leaving the shapes and the cornflour.
From a safety point of view I wouldn’t use sprinkles and things like cake decorations if your baby is just going to eat them; I thought Amelia wouldn’t but literally the first frozen cornflour cube she picked up went straight into her mouth. I think it was a little shock as it was so cold and she didn’t do that again! But it could be a choking hazard so be careful! Again messy play always calls for an impromptu daytime shower so be prepared for that too!
It was really easy to clean up as I just tipped the paddling pool water away and washed the ice cube trays and bowls. If I was planning to do this again I would probably use something bigger than ice cube trays and freeze bigger things inside the water for Amelia to find.
Have you done something similar before?
Thanks for reading xxx