I am a boy mom and while they are not so little anymore (le sigh), boys are naturally prone to all sorts of cuts, scrapes and bruises. They love playing outside all summer long, so we definitely see our fair share of boo boos. I have to bust out an ice pack at least once a day every day from the day they get out of school in June until they go back to school in September. I’m not exaggerating at all.
The thing about ice packs is that they can be messy. They drip everywhere once they start to melt and if one of the kids hurts someplace like their knee or elbow, ice packs aren’t flexible so they don’t really work well for jointed areas. Well, here’s an awesome summer hack for you. Make a cold pack out of marshmallows! Yes, I said marshmallows. Marshmallows get cold, but won’t be hard so they can mold to the body. Plus they are way more fun for the kids.
It only takes a few minutes to make and trust me, it will make the kids forget all about their boo boos in no time.
Here’s what you need:
- Ziploc bag
- 1 1/2 -2 cups of mini marshmallows (will depend on the size of your bag)
- Food coloring in choice of color
- Masking tape or washi tape (optional)
- Bowl for mixing
- Plate or cookie sheet
Here’s what you do:
1. Place the marshmallows in a bowl and add 2-3 drops of food coloring. You don’t need or want more than that because you don’t want to drench the marshmallows. This can cause them to expand or even harden.
2. Mix the marshmallows well so the color splatters all over. Spread them out on a plate or cookie sheet and allow them to dry for 30 minutes.
3. Once dry, remove the marshmallows and place them in a Ziploc bag. Close the bag.
4. Optional: fold over the edges of the bag and tape them to the underside so your sides are nice and clean and tight.
Place the marshmallow boo boo pack in the refrigerator. It will get nice and cold but the marshmallows still stay soft and flexible. This works well on boo boos and acts as a fun distraction. Plus it is easier and cleaner than messing with ice packs which can be wet, hard, and uncomfortable. Give it a try and if you do, let stop by and let me know what you thought.