My son had a fantastic idea for keeping cool on hot and muggy days...ICE NECKLACES! His little sister was ready instantly..."Can we make them now?" she begged. We filled an IKEA ice tray (you can find the trays here, also) with flower petals and herbs and gently covered it with water.
(Note: I recommend using all edible flowers and plants, so that you can say "yes" to any inevitable licking from younger children.)
Next we lay 30 inch lengths of string along three soon-to-be ice cubes...pushing the string in deeply and gently.
The hardest part was waiting for them to freeze ...overnight. When we pulled them out of their tray, they were even prettier than we had expected and sooo refreshing to wear.
Choose to wear them against bare skin...with lots of squealing, or over your shirt for a cool, steady soak.
On a hot day, they melt quickly...we loved watching the flowers emerge. These were so fun and easy, we'll definitely be be making ice necklaces again...they'd make great summer party favors or just a little surprise to bring out when a friend comes to play.
Note: Tuesday morn: Thanks Crafty Crow for sharing this with everyone!