Making Fun Ice Cube Games for Kids

by Erin Ringwald

During the hot summer months, it's important to find a fun way to cool down. Ice is the natural choice to help beat the heat. Knowing a few ice cube games will help you stay cool whether you're playing with a few friends, or a large group.

Stacking Ice Cubes

Give players a set amount of time to stack an unlimited number of ice cubes. Players can work in teams, or individually. Set the timer and let the players race to build the tallest tower. Players may stack a single column of ice cubes, or create a base, similar to a pyramid. However they choose to construct the ice cubes, the team with the tallest structure wins. Use square ice cubes, or rounded ice cubes for a more challenging game.

Melting Race

Use the natural properties of ice to create a second game. Keep the cubes in the freezer until right before the game. Give each player two ice cubes, all the same size. When you say "go," all players race to melt their ice cubes as quickly as possible, using only their bodies. Players can melt the ice cubes in their mouths, under their arms, or by rubbing them together with their hands. The player who melts both ice cubes first, wins.

String Game

When players place a wet string over ice cubes and sprinkle salt on it, the string sticks to the ice cube, allowing them to pick it up. Using a wet piece of string, salt and a bowl of ice cubes, players race to attach as many ice cubes as possible to the string in a set period of time. Give each player or group of players a bowl of ice cubes, a 2-foot piece of string and a shaker of salt. Set the time for 1 minute. At the end of the minute, each team lifts the string and the team that has the most ice cubes stuck to the string wins.

Ice Architect

Task players with building a structure using ice cubes. Give each player a bowl of ice cubes. Give them 5 minutes to complete it. When 5 minutes is up, let everyone view the players' structures, then vote on their favorites. Give prizes for the tallest, widest and most unusual structures.

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