Monday, April 23, 2012

Shapeable Ice Packs

With warm weather comes fun days playing outside. And if your kids are anything like ours, the chances are pretty good that at least once a day someone will come into the house wailing in agony over a great injury they have received. Generally speaking, these horrific wounds are mostly imaginary (our kids are little hypochondriacs), but still they require to be treated with multiple band-aids and quite a bit of pomp and circumstance. So when we saw this idea to make our own Shapeable Ice Packs from One Good Thing we knew it would be perfect to treat our kids' bumps and bruises (both real and imaginary). These won't freeze completely so they mold to the affected area unlike the pointy, lumpy, and hard ice packs we would normally whip up.

What You Need:
  • 3 parts water
  • 1 part rubbing alcohol
  • resealable sandwich bags
  • food coloring, glitter, etc. (optional)

In a sandwich bag, mix your water and alcohol together (we found that 1 1/2 cups of water to a 1/2 cup of alcohol was about the right about for the size of our bags). At this point you can seal them up, but we decided to add a drop of blue food coloring to one, and glitter to the other (glitter and fun colors make wounds heal faster. It's a scientific fact).

Then pop them into the freezer until you need to put them on your little one's bumps...

Or your not-so-little one's...

If you are feeling extra-crafty you can whip up a neat little cover for these so that they aren't in direct contact with the skin (these suckers get COLD!), however we're lazy and just use a kitchen towel! :)

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  1. Great idea! Your 'little one' is looking a little suspicious. lol

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  2. Fantastic! I made some using Dawn dish soap and it has the same affect of being pliable. But I double bagged it and I'm STILL hyper paranoid about it busting or leaking. With this water solution I think I would relax a little more! :)

  3. Haha! Cute picture. This is a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  4. What a fantastic idea, I love it.. I am going to pin it!!!

  5. I did this a while ago and they ended up exploding all over my freezer after a couple of uses, same with the dishsoap ones.....they were nice while they lasted tho, but too much of a mess to be bothered again