When Jack Frost recently came to visit we decided to run a number of ‘experiments’ to create our own ice sculptures. Here’s our results…
Here’s a great activity that you can do at home with the kids when the temperature drops in winter.
Ice Sculpture 1: Creating a Hanging Ice Pendant
- A plastic container
- Something to embed in the pendant
- Some string
- And some water
Our kids chose some coloured ribbon (we’d just had Christmas, so some of this was still about), and a leaf.
Personally I like the leaf.
Take Caution with your Ice Pendant
Remember that ice is heavy, so if you are going to hang your pendant somewhere, make sure what you hang it from can take the weight.
If the temperature rises slightly your pendant will slip off the string and come down with a crash, so make sure you don’t hang it above anywhere that will get damaged when the ice falls.
Off course, when it does fall, your beautiful pendant will be smashed into smaller pieces, but the temporary nature of ice sculptures is part of their beauty.
Making Different Shaped Ice Pendants
Collect some different shaped plastic containers and try making sculptures with these different shapes. Get the kids to experiment to see if any shape works best, or get them to test the difference between larger and smaller containers.
If you are feeling really creative, get some plastic jelly moulds, and really go to town.
Ice Sculpture 2: Creating an Ice Bowl
You will need:
- A balloon (water balloons are best as normal balloon’s don’t stretch as much)
- Some water
Fill the balloon with water and leave out to freeze.
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Changing the Colour of the Ice
We tried this with some red food dye. I suspect a blue colour would certainly give the ice a colder look.
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