Ice Block Sledding

Since Winter wont come to us (let me knock on wood so it wont snow in April), we decided to try and improvise.  I had a “light-bulb moment” yesterday and thought – ‘I wonder if we could slide down the hill on a block of ice?’.  I had no idea if this would work.  IT DID!!
My son and I filled a storage bin with water and put it in the freezer.  I wanted something big enough for him to fit on comfortably, so we used the bin from his sensory table.  It took a good day and a half to fully freeze and I’m pretty sure his checking it every hour didn’t help.  ;)   Once frozen, we took it across the street to a steep, grassy hill.  I put a towel on top of the block, my son hopped on, and I gave him a push.  “Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!!  This is so cool!!”, he screamed as sliding down the hill!  It was a short-lived activity because he proclaimed, “Im freezing.  Let’s go inside”.  He loved it, though, and we will be doing it again very soon.  Hopefully next time it will involve long pants and a jacket.

This would be a great hot summer day activity, too!

It was really hard getting any good pics. I will add more when we do this again with Daddy home.  Next time I plan to freeze a rope in the water for something to hold on to.






There he goes, down the hill!  So fun!
Fast forward 2 years…..May 18, 2014…..we tried it again….in warm weather….MUCH more fun!!

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14 Responses to Ice Block Sledding

  1. Oh memories, my friends and I would do this all the time in college – we’d buy a block of ice from the grocery store – since your version provides a larger seating are i’ll have to try it sometime with the kids this spring/summer.

    • That must be one large freezer! Not sure we could make these at home, but maybe a local butcher or other store may have these for sale? I’ll have to look into it. My son would have so much fun trying this out on our hill in the backyard. Not a lot of snow where we live. Great idea!

  2. Erin says:

    We did this in college too, but back then we would buy the blocks of ice meant to be used as shot blocks. Of course it would be fun for kids! Thanks for the reminder and an idea for how to make my own ice.

  3. I smiled when I read this post. We called it ice blocking. I’m from a beach town in Southern California. We did this all the time, except in the warmer months. We’d go get a block of ice from the liquor store and then slide down the grass hills in one of our local parks. Super fun for the kids!

  4. heather says:

    I would love to try this with my boys 8, 9, & 10 yrs old & friends as an addition to some water play activities!!

  5. Luke Smith says:

    Hey, this would be a lot of fun, I have to get an activity together for my church and I think they would like this. There is a hill close to where I live that is perfect for it. I just don’t know how much ice I should get for the activity?

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