I recently saw a neat idea on a blog called “Not Just Cute“.
The idea was to freeze colored water into different shapes of ice (with your kids) and then to make sculptures out of the ice with water and salt.
Our attempt at this was a wee bit rocky, yet still fun 🙂
First off, I wasn’t sure I had watercolors that would work for this, so I substitued powdered tempera paints figuring we would find out soon enough if that was ok. I put mounds of black, white, yellow, red, and blue powder into a muffin tin and set my daughter loose with water and popsicle sticks for stirrers. I figured that she would probably spend a good amount of time mixing and pouring. I was not wrong. She spent over an hour just on creating the perfect colors and pouring them into molds. I mixed a little too, but mostly looked for things to be molds and shuttled filled containers to our driveway.
My second veer off course was that soon after I started putting the molds on the driveway, snow started pouring down and coating them. I wasn’t sure if it would be a problem or not so I left them. This proved to be a bad idea for 2 reasons…One- the snow caused the containers to be all slushy and the colors separated even more than I think they would have otherwise, and two- my husband went out to shovel the driveway and not seeing them under the snow blanket, scooped them up and caused some molds to dump out and others to get all clumpy and not at all flat.
I moved them to our freezer at this point.
I pulled them out tonight when my daughter had a friend over to see if they could build with the ice. I would deinitely recommend using watercolors if you do this project! The tempera paint ice wound up separated and thick and wasn’t nearly so pretty as the ones on the original blog. However, ugliness aside, the girls did enjoy playing with the ice cubes and managed to build sculptures, paint on paper, and eventually as things tend to devolve in this house, decided to paint my daughters shirt by putting ice cubes down the front of it. Brrrrrr.
(They did decide to do “laudry” and washed her shirt in the bathroom sink afterwards)