Another quick school holiday activity is making ice blocks. Our ice block moulds are buried deep in storage with the majority of my kitchen supplies so we raided our craft supplies and found some paddlepop sticks and plastic cups.
Greek yoghurt is a staple in our house and the kids love it at breakfast with cereal and a drizzle of honey and love it at dinner on almost anything. But as a holiday treat I bought a big tub of vanilla yoghurt for making ice blocks.
The kids filled the plastic cups about 1/3 full and then covered the top with plastic wrap. I held the plastic wrap down firmly while the kids pierced the plastic with a paddlepop stick and pushed it into the yoghurt. This helps the paddlepop stick stand upright whilst the yoghurt freezes.
This is hardly a recipe but it is a basic idea that you can experiment with. Fruit juice could be used to make frozen fruit cups or you could whizz up a fruit smoothie with milk, yoghurt, fruit and sweetened with honey or maple syrup. Otherwise just try different flavoured yoghurts and get layering – freezing the cups with each layer. The kids will love getting creative and the final result will look fantastic.
Elliott and Essie helped me get the frozen yoghurt ice blocks from the freezer yesterday and pop them out of the cups and ready to serve. Then we had to hunt around for all the bookworms scattered around the garden. All the kids love to read and they had found quiet spots in the yard and set up little camping chairs to read. So these ice blocks turned out to be the perfect morning tea to eat one handed so they could continue reading!
frozen yoghurt ice blocks
plastic or paper cups
Fill the cups 1/3 full with the yoghurt. Cover with plastic wrap and hold the wrap tight and push the paddlepop stick through the centre and into the yoghurt. Put in freezer until frozen.