DIY Mini Ice Skating Rink

toys on a diy mini ice rink •

toys on a diy mini ice rink •

Since we aren’t getting quite enough of the cold weather lately, we decided to bring the outdoors in! Actually, this experiment was partly to see how quickly the water would freeze, and partly because I had a long conversation with Beckett recently about ice skating.

Or rather, he asked me a million questions about ice skating (a lot were repeated), and then told me he wished his ‘guys’ could go ice skating.

Supermom made that happen.


small diy ice rink •

I poured water in a pan and left it on our front porch to freeze. It only took 4 or 5 hours, and then it popped right out of the pan and I transferred it to a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. The absolute only reason I lined it with wax paper was so it would look prettier in photos.


make a small ice rink for toys •

I don’t know if you will believe this next sentence, but Beckett played with this thing for 2 straight hours, paused for about 10 minutes, and then played with it for another 45 minutes while we sat around the table eating dinner. He couldn’t be bothered to eat just then…



Here are some other ideas for this if you decide to make one:

  • Squirt some food coloring in the water
  • Submerge some toys in the water to excavate as it melts
  • Try carving the ice with a spoon
  • Squirt a few small drops of liquid watercolor on top of the rink and finger (or brush) paint on the ice
  • Flavor the ice with some vanilla or other flavoring. (Every few minutes Beckett was licking or slurping the ice.)
  • Experiment with dipping a spoon into hot water for a little bit and pressing it into the ice to see it melt.

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I am SO doing this. We are supposed to have another snow day on Thursday here in CT so now I know what my 7yr old will be doing. I’m holding you to the two hours, Jeanette! xx

    • Okay, you. Time it and let me know. 2 hours guaranteed or your money back 🙂

  2. Beckett is so brave to lick the ice!!!

    • Yeah, he sort of jammed his tongue on there before I could stop him, but luckily it was melty enough to not stick. I was expecting a ‘Christmas Story’ moment.

  3. What a great idea! The licking the ice pic made me giggle a little.

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