When it comes to summer activities I want to get the most bang for my buck, time wise, while I can get things done around the house. I want activities that are going to be simple to create, without having to put an hour of effort into them, and activities that are going to keep the kids entertained. This tin foil river provided an hour of entertainment (I let the kids, keep refilling the river with the outdoor tap and Tupperware containers) and made sure that I had two dozen boats prepared – or, you know, ice trays, along with some of the toys from the water table.
Tin Foil River
Rocks (in case it’s windy)
Smooth the tin foil on the grass, and make a dip in the center to keep the water inside of the river. We used some rocks from the side of the house to keep the tin foil river on the ground.
Scrunch the sides a little and choose an area that has a small slope. You can scrunch the bottom of the river until you’re finished filling it if you want to conserve water, or leave it open if you want the water to flow freely. We’ve got a perfect dip in the front yard, and it was a great place for the river, so look for somewhere with a slight slope, and soft grass, for best results.
Tip: I got these silicon ‘cat’ ice cube trays from Target, but you can also get really cool ones at Ikea (fish shaped ones, for real fish, for about $.99)
To make the ice boats simply freeze ice cubes (color is optional, a couple drops of food coloring per cup, then poured into tray) and stick a tooth pick into the cube 20-30 minutes into freezing. Then, make paper sails, or use washi tape to differentiate the kids’ boats from one another.
They can use the boats to float down the river, make obstacles with the rocks, or if it’s windy, they can have boat races down the river with their own colors.
When you’re finished with the tin foil, get the kids to carefully roll it up, and stash it away for the next time it rains. It’s even more fun in the rain – and you don’t have the water all over the floor from the kids going back and forth filling up the buckets to bring outside because they want a hot lava river.