Fun & Safe Ice Melt Activities for Kids in Winter

Any parent that has been trapped indoors on a snowy day with a house full of children knows that it can be a serious exercise in patience. With nowhere to stretch their legs or burn their energy, children can easily grow rowdy and rambunctious as they search for ways to keep themselves occupied.

Before they turn your house upside down trying to find something to entertain themselves with, we think we’ve figured out a way we can help. There’s just one thing you’ll need: ice melt. That’s right, ice melt. It isn’t just for clearing your driveway, or getting your car free, it can be used for a variety of safe, fun activities that your children are sure to love. So check out this list of three of our favorite ice melt activities, and be prepared to have some fun!

*NOTE: It is important to use safe ice melt for all of these activities. Use an ice melt that is safe for concrete and eco- friendly. We recommend using Brody Chemical Polar Ice Melt in these activities because it is environmentally friendly and safe for children to touch and use.

Ice Rescue

ice rescue mission with legos

Every kid dreams of going on adventures to find long lost treasure or hidden dinosaur remains and fossils. So why not make that dream a reality? This activity will do exactly that by putting your child at the center of a critical ice excavation mission.


What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • A tupperware or plastic cup
  • An action figure, fake dinosaur bones, etc.
  • Safe ice melt
  • Toothpicks, tweezers, etc.

This activity is extremely simple, but we promise that it will keep your kids entertained for countless hours. First, fill your freezer-safe container with water, and place the subject to be frozen (i.e. action figure, bones, etc) inside. Place the filled container in the freezer, and allow enough time for all of its contents to freeze. Be sure not to overfill the container as the water will expand as it freezes, and may crack the container.

When the contents of the container are completely frozen, remove the ice from the container (running the container under warm water will help) and get ready to excavate! Have your child sprinkle ice melt on the frozen block and watch as the ice slowly melts away to reveal the hidden character. You can also give them a toothpick, or other tool (tweezers, a fork, etc.) and let them pick at the ice as it slowly melts away.


Colored Ice Art

colored ice project for kids

Unlock the artist within your child with this creative ice coloring activity. In this activity you will use ice melt and food coloring to make beautiful colored ice blocks that will captivate your child as they slowly melt and change colors.


What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Freezer-safe tupperware
  • Safe ice melt
  • Food coloring
  • A dropper or spoon

The setup for this experiment is extremely simple and easy. First, fill your freezer-safe container most of the way with water and set it in the freezer until it is completely frozen. Next, remove the ice from the container by running it under some warm water for a few seconds.

Now comes the fun part. Have your children sprinkle some of the safe ice melt on the ice and watch as the block slowly starts to melt away. After a few minutes have your kids carefully use a dropper or spoon to add food coloring to the block. They will love watching the colors fill the tunnels and ridges created by the melting ice.

As the colored ice melts, it will create beautiful colors and patterns, but it can also make quite a mess. For that reason, it is best to place the block of ice on a tray with raised edges, or outdoors on concrete. If you choose to do the activity outdoors, be sure to use an ice melt that is concrete safe.


Fishing for Ice

ice fishing game for kids

This last experiment will let your kid go “ice fishing” from the comfort of your very own home. It is a really easy experiment that will keep your children fascinated and busy for hours at a time as they watch in amazement at the little ice cubes they catch.


What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • Safe ice melt
  • A drinking cup
  • Some string

To set this experiment up simply fill a drinking cup with water and ice and place it on a table or flat surface. Have your child place the string in the water to “fish” for some ice cubes, and then have them remove the string and see that they didn’t catch anything. Next, have them place the string back in the water, and sprinkle some ice melt into the cup as “bait”. Have them wait a few seconds and then tell them slowly pull the string up and out of the cup.

They will be amazed to see the little ice cubes that they’ve caught attached to their string. For extra fun, you can make your own ice cubes with small, plastic fish frozen inside of them and let your children fish for them!