Ice Blocking- Thrifty Fun on a hot summer day

07/08/2013 2:00 pm · 7 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Ice Blocking- Thrifty Fun on a hot summer day

Maybe this is just an Idaho thing…. but a silly game that is always fun on a hot summer day.

To play you will need:

  • A large block of ice (normally sell them at Gas stations for around $1.50)
  • An old towel
  • A grassy hill
  • And a group of friends 🙂

First hike to the top of your hill …

Fold the towel in quarters and lay on top to the block of ice.

Sit on the towel and hold on the the extra fabric (between your legs) to help you keep your balance.  Wear slick shoes, and keep your feet down to help you steer.

Give yourself a little push off… and hang on for dear life.  You will FLY DOWN the hill!!!!!  For little kids a small grassy mound will even do, the hill in the photo was too big for the kids, but a blast for us adults 🙂

Paulin had a blast and said he can’t wait to teach all his friends in France, this crazy thing called Ice Blocking that Americans do 🙂

Little Matthew Saying ready… set… go… to start the race!

Just an FYI … Your bottom will get WET 🙂

Not responsible if you get hurt – like laughing so hard your belly hurts! LOL

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Raquel
Raquel

Please use caution, had a good friend pass away while doing this here in Boise awhile ago.

Tarah
Tarah

As silly as it sounds, thanks for the step by step :) I've even done ice blocking before, but I couldn't figure out the towel. It made no sense to me to put it under the ice, but I couldn't see how it would stay on top of it...glad to see it does. Thanks for helping my spasticness!

Amy B.
Amy B.

it looks great........... couldn't do it here in Arizona!..... we just do "dust blocking"........ LOL I love this part of your blog, just showing good ol' clean fun.

Susan
Susan

Oh, please be very careful doing this. Whatever you do, don't let your kids go down the hill on their stomache. My next-door neighbor's little girl, 8 years old, died from this. She went down the hill face first, stomache down. She hit a bump and went up into the air, and came down hard on the block of ice on her stomache, just below her rib cage, lacerating her liver. At first they thought she was okay, but later realized she was seriously hurt and rushed her to the hospital, but it was too late. She bled to death. I know accidents happen no matter what people are doing, and maybe this was just a freak thing that is very very rare. But the thought of this tragedy happening to another family is a horrifying thought. Another child, the son of a friend, also went ice-blocking face first on his stomache. He ran into the child in front of him on another block of ice and knocked his two front teeth out. So ... not to rain on anyone's parade because it is fun, but be careful!

Marly
Marly

Never have seen this done before, but it certainly looks fun. Wow.

Shellie
Shellie

Ice blocking is fantastic!!!

Sydney Jones
Sydney Jones

HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT ICE BLOCKING!!!!! My family will be doing this soon!

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