How to Make a Winter Scavenger Hunt With Colored Ice Cubes

Are you in need of a fun winter scavenger hunt idea for kids? Then try this awesome colored ice scavenger hunt for the whole family.

With the help of a little bit food coloring a boring winter day will turn into a fun day out.

Your kids will love it, so let’s dive right in.

Winter scavenger hunt with colored ice cubes

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Winter Scavenger Hunt – Ice Play

Winter can be cold and miserable. But what can you do when the toys get boring?

Simple switch things up and go for a winter scavenger hunt outside. It will be fun for the whole family and gives them a chance to catch some fresh air. Just make sure to dress warm enough and your kids will have a jolly time hunting colored ice cubes.

This activity can simply be done in your back yard or suitable for a nice walk with a sled. It is up to you.

What is a Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a game were participants need to find specific items. Those items are normally written on a list.

In case of our winter scavenger hunt with colored ice is no list needed. Just tell your children the total number of ice cubes they need to find.

But let’s see what you will need for this colorful winter scavenger hunt.

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How to Prepare a Winter Scavenger Hunt With Colored Ice Cubes

Here is what you will need for this wonderful ice cube scavenger hunt:


  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Food Coloring
  • Spoon
materials for the winter scavenger hunt


These step by step instructions are here to help you visualize how to prepare for your creative winter activity.

Step 1: We need water

Take a measurement cup or any other jar or glass. Fill it up with the desired amount of water.

Step 2: Add food coloring

Afterwards add a couple of drops food coloring and stir it with a spoon.

Step 3: Fill the ice cube tray

Use the colored water to fill up the ice cube tray. Repeat step 1-3 to use different colors.

Step 4: Freeze it

fill ice cube tray with colored water

Then take your water filled ice cube tray outside to freeze over night or place it in the freezer.

Step 5: Hide the cubes

Now it is time to hide the frozen ice.

Step 6: Hunting time

Finally it is time for your kids to go on an exciting winter scavenger hunt after all colored ice cubes.

winter scavengerhunt ideas with colored ice cubes

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  • Instead of ice cubes use water balloons.
  • Depending on your children’s age you can hide your ice cubes in plain side or make it more difficult for them.

General Knowledge

Use this wonderful ice activity to teach your children about ice and how it is formed. Here a short summary. These and more facts can be found here.

  • Ice is a common name for frozen water.
  • Water starts freezing at 32 Fahrenheit or 0 Celsius.
  • Water is expanding when it freezes. That explains why pipes can burst in the winter.

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