Easy Ice Sculpture - for Kids of All Ages





Introduction: Easy Ice Sculpture - for Kids of All Ages

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This is an easy and fun activity for the whole family, especially when the temperatures get's really cold.  You may find your children will be spending more time outside arranging, rearranging, and adding on to their ice sculpture.

Caution:  Please keep an eye on young children and limit their time outside when it is very cold.  Children sometimes do not realize that they may be in danger of frostbite or hypothermia.

Step 1:

First, get an assortment of balloons ranging from traditional balloons to balloon sculpting (snake) balloons.

Next, put a couple grains of sand into each balloon.  The sand will act as a freezing nuclei for the water.  Without it, some of the water in the balloons may not freeze.  To learn more about this effect, look up "superchilled", "super cold", or "super freezing".

Step 2:

Set balloons outside when it is cold.

Be creative.  For example, take the balloon sculpting (long snake balloons) and fashion them around objects (for example, orange safety cones).

Step 3:

When the balloons are frozen, peel off the balloons from the ice.  Due to trapped air bubbles, many of the balloons will produce some very unique patterns.

Step 4:

An alternative is to add some food coloring to the ice.  In this case, food coloring was added in water pitchers.  The food coloring freezes last and tends to concentrate in the middle of the ice.  To color the outside of the ice, place a few drops of food coloring to the outside of an already frozen structure.

Step 5:

Arrange pieces in some order.  In this case, an ice castle.  For an added effect, place Christmas lights underneath them and turn them on at night.  People passing by will be amazed of your ice sculpture.

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This is really cool. I'll have to give this a try with the kids this winter.

thanks its been so cold here... Great idea!:-D

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Perfect idea!! I know what I'm doing today!!! Thank you for the awesome instruct able!!!

This is insanely awesome! Unique creations will add fun to my winter snow land.

Wow, that is sooo cool! I'm going to have to do that this coming winter. Adding colored lights will really make it stand out at night even better! Thanks for the great idea!!

Wow my friends would love this so much thanks! How do you think we could make a dome? Kinda like an igloo!

so simple, but so ingenious! Thanks for sharing - I can't wait to try this out :)

I also can't wait to do this with my son and nieces this winter...which I'm sure will be soon...as we're in Wisconsin....thanks for this awesome istructable. I have heard of making the giant "marbles" with the regular balloons, but never thought of using the long ones!!!

Ok, I seriously can't wait for winter next year. My kids are going to have soo much fun doing this. Great Instructable!

I was like yeah, so much can people teach to children.. But this sounds FUN! Not so much frosen weather left at this winter (hope so) but next and... :D Thank you!