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Summer Ice Boat Races Activities for Preschoolers

Looking for fun water activities for kids? This ice boat race projects is not only a fun summer stem idea, but a great way to cool off and play on a warm summer day. This water games that will keep them outdoors for an hour or more. Make dozens of boats for all-day Ice Boat Races outdoor fun and games with ice! These ie activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1 grade 2, grade 3, and toddler are an EPIC summer activity for kids!

Looking for fun water activities for kids? This ice boat race projects is not only a fun summer stem idea, but a great way to cool off and play on a warm summer day. This water games that will keep them outdoors for an hour or more. Make dozens of boats for all-day Ice Boat Races outdoor fun and games with ice! These ie activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1 grade 2, grade 3, and toddler are an EPIC summer activity for kids!

Summer STEM

Try this fun Ice Boat Races activity on a hot summer day this year! Children will design the course and tweak their boat to help it go the farthest the quickest using science, engineering, and practical math skills. If you have them make there boat looks cook by adding an art element it is a summer STEAM project!  But kids won’t even realize they are learning with this outrageously fun ice activities for toddlers, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. This simple, inexpensive summer activities for preschoolers is a MUST TRY for your summer bucket list ideas for kids.

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Summer Bucket List Ideas

This game requires a little bit of advanced set-up. You’ll need the following materials to get started:

  • Garden hose
  • Aluminum foil
  • Silicone muffin/cupcake molds
  • Drinking straws
  • Cardstock paper
  • Gluesticks
  • Food coloring
  • Timer or stop watch (you can also use your phone)

The day/night before, pour colored water into your cupcake molds. You’ll want to have three boats for each person. We used the same color of food coloring for each person. Place the molds on a cookie sheet or large plate.

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Summer Activities for Preschoolers

Cover the top of each mold with aluminum foil. Poke a small hole in the center piece of each foil and stick half of a drinking straw in the center of each cup. This will become the boats’ masts.

Wait for the ice to harden.

The next day, cut triangles of paper from cardstock. Glue the paper sails to the boats. Put the ice boats back in the freezer.

Make trenches from aluminum foil. We first folded long sheets of foil in thirds to hide the dangerous edges. Then, we folded the ends over about 1/2 an inch, then 1/2 an inch again to give the trenches stand-up sides.

Take everything outside.

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Set up your trenches by placing one side on an elevated surface (anything will work). Place the boats on the top of the slides.

When you say “go” use the water hose to push the ice boats down the trench. Time how long it takes for the boats to reach the bottom.

Repeat for each set of boats you have.

Find the average times, then the person who’s boats were consistently the fastest is the winner!

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Summer Activities for Kids

In between reading a good book, sneak in some epic fun with these summer activities for kids of all ages:

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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