Penguin Ice Cube Game & Safari Ltd. Product Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Safari Ltd. (the toy company that makes small animal replicas and other fun educational products) regarding an older Family Chic post in which I shared with my readers how to communicate with kids through small plastic animals. They recognized that the animals I used in my project were from their product line and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing some of their toys and doing a giveaway on my blog. Since I am a big fan of theirs, I was more than happy to participate.

After taking a look through their site, I decided that the bulk bag of miniature penguins looked like something my kids and I could have fun with. I came up with a couple of ways to play with these guys on a hot day; the kids had fun and learned a few things about how ice melts, which is nice.

You can enter for a chance to win  your own bulk bag of Safari Ltd. penguins. Enter your name and contact info in the “comments” section of this post, or email me at One entry per person. Deadline for entry is August 15, 2012 12:00 AM CST. Winner will be drawn at random and contacted via email. Good luck!


##This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sandi! #####

There are 48 penguins in the Safari Ltd. bulk bag, so there are a lot to work with. I thought it would be surprising to freeze the penguins in ice and make it a race for the kids to free their penguin.

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Place penguins in ice tray, fill with water and put in freezer overnight.

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Release penguin ice cubes into a bowl and store in freezer or cooler until ready to use.

Give the kids some help to melt the ice; I had four kids playing, so I gave them four options. The first was warm water…

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A bowl of salt.

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They could melt the ice with the heat from their hands.

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They could let the penguin ice cube melt on the hot sidewalk. Each child randomly selected their method, picked an ice cube and the race began. The first child to completely free their penguin from the ice was the winner. Since we had so many ice cubes, we played a few rounds – each child used a different method to help melt the ice each time.

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We also had a penguin ice cube race on the hood of my car.

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Each child placed their frozen penguin at the starting line on the car hood and without using their hands to help, the first penguin to slide off of the car was the winner.

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  1. Minta  July 30, 2012

    Enter me (Minta) in the contest for the penguins.

  2. Julia Stratman  July 30, 2012

    Cool giveaway! Thanks.

  3. David  July 30, 2012

    This is charming, fun and educational. A little science learnin’ for the Summer. And cute penguins too. (Especially like the last photo).

  4. Kristi Clyburn  July 30, 2012

    Kristi Clyburn
    Such a fun idea!!

  5. Alessandra  July 30, 2012

    great fun!!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

  6. jana  July 30, 2012

    You are so darn clever!!!

  7. Cindy G.  July 30, 2012

    Holy cow! Those penguins are fantastic! And, I love the clever science activities you came up with to use them. I just got back from the thrift store with a small bag of random northern forest animals (with an alligator thrown into the mix) that I’ll be putting into my classroom box of “plastic animals.” I use them in an activity on animal adaptations, but now you’ve got me to thinking about other ways I can use them (hmmmm… what would it take for a moose to be able to survive on Mars?).

    I would love to add a “waddle” of penguins to my mix of critters! Thanks for the chance to win and inspiring me to come up with some new fun ways to use the ones I already have!

    msgould_ams (at) hotmail (d0t) com

  8. catie  July 31, 2012

    i have already won a giveaway of yours, so don’t pick me : )

    but i would like to tell you that this idea is ◄-a-w-e-s-o-m-e-►

  9. Stephanie  July 31, 2012

    What a darling set! Love your ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to win–what fun we could have with them and our grandson!

  10. Candace  July 31, 2012

    This could even work for a bday party game!

  11. Julie  July 31, 2012

    such a fun game — would love to win some penguins~
    shannon.julie at

  12. Maris  July 31, 2012

    A lot of penguins to play and share with friends! Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Laura M.  July 31, 2012

    what a great idea! We LOVE the Safari Ltd. products– would love to win– thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Sandi  July 31, 2012

    My grandaughters would love to do something like this on a Saturday with Grammie.

  15. Lynn Towill  July 31, 2012

    I love this! Super cute and love the games!

  16. Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist  July 31, 2012

    How adorable! I love penguins, these are so cute.

  17. Jessica Konkle  July 31, 2012

    Jessica Konkle
    Contact info:


  18. Christie H.  August 1, 2012

    My 4 year old is OBSESSED with penguins and she would love to have these!!
    chepburn77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Karen  August 1, 2012

    Great idea! This is something the whole family would enjoy. Thanks.

  20. April  August 1, 2012

    What a fun idea, Camilla! You’re just so dang clever! I’d love to try these games with my own cute penguins!

  21. dede  August 1, 2012

    I love anything black and white… especially chic penguins.

  22. Crystal Renee  August 2, 2012

    What a cool giveaway!

  23. Anita  August 2, 2012

    Bulk penguins — on ice! Count me in!


  24. Jen  August 2, 2012

    Very clever and with the heat we are experiencing this summer what a good way to use it!

  25. AJ Tarrant  August 2, 2012

    Hey, Camilla,
    I love the penguins, and penguins in general.
    I am in!

  26. lisa  August 3, 2012

    great giveaway; love these!

  27. Deanna  August 8, 2012

    ‘peengoons!’ as my son screams them 😉


  28. Safari Consultant  August 9, 2012

    Amazing! This game is of much fun and interesting for the kids and for adults too.Thanks for sharing it.