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Products that will help you and your kids make ice cityscapes, castles, and more

Create an icy kingdom with your kids with one ingredient: water. Freeze up some shapes and get your kids building — like sand castles, only colder. For building advice, read on:

Building Blocks
Everyday items can make some pretty cool building materials.

  • Juice boxes with their tops cut off: Just rip them open to remove the ice.
  • Deli tubs, yogurt containers, and other plasticware: the more variety, the better. If the plastic is flexible, the ice is easier to get out.
  • Ice cubes: Use at least 3 trays, and more than one size if you have them. Stack cubes like bricks, leaving a few gaps for windows if you want.
  • Silicone bakeware: Bendable silicone makes ice a snap to remove — just invert the tray! See below for products we like.
  • Ice molds and butter molds: Look for fun shapes, like stars, hearts, and even holiday themes. They're often made of silicone or flexible plastic, like the ones we mention below.
  • Cool Ice


    Fun products to embellish your crystal palace:

    • KitchenAid Silicone Mini Muffin Pan ($40) and 6-in-1 Mini Loaf Pan
      $33, kitchenaid.com (shown, top left)
      These pans come with what's called a sled, so carrying water-filled trays to the freezer is easy. Stack up several muffin shapes to make towers, and use the loaf pan to build big bricks for foundations or walls.
    • Lekue Silicone Flexible Mini Cake Pan and Pyramid Pan
      About $12 each, amazon.com
      These trays make narrow bricks, great for columns and doorways, and pyramid shapes top off turrets perfectly. The silicone trays can be a little unwieldy when filled with water, so try placing them on a baking sheet until frozen.
    • SiliconeZone Ice Cube Trays and Chocolate/Butter Molds
      $6, laprimashops.com
      Make fun shapes to decorate your creation, from snowmen and santas to spades, hearts and clubs.

    Construction Zone


  • Building outside in cold weather will help the castle last longer, but using a cold cookie sheet lets you build indoors and contain drips.
  • Mist ice water from a spray bottle to help the icy pieces stick together, or try packing gaps and crevices with snow for a good seal. No snow? Make your own with an ice shaver (we like Back to Basics Electric Ice Shaver, $20 backtobasicsproducts.com).
  • Architectural Advice


  • The classic castle: Try using large, square pieces (like juice-box shapes) to form a rectangular foundation. Then, on all four sides stack up several rows of ice cubes like bricks, packing with snow — your mortar. In the corners, use round shapes (from yogurt or deli containers) to make turrets or lookout towers. Top off the towers with irregular pieces (and a bit of imagination): A broken ice cube could be a flag or a soldier standing guard.
  • Icy Estate: Upgrade the classic castle by adding a guest house or landscaping. Pile up several cone or pyramid shapes to make evergreen trees, or make fences out of a line of ice cube shapes, like stars. Use other fun-shaped ice or butter molds, like snowmen and hearts, to embellish front yards or adorn walls.
  • Urban Design: Make an icy cityscape by forming several towers of varying heights and sizes. This is perfect for younger kids, since it's essentially just stacking.
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