Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
|Violet checking the ice.|
|Penelope bringing in the ice from outside so it could melt just a bit to make it easier to get out of the containers.|
|Violet carrying an ice balloon.|
|Pen with ice balloons.|
|Ice Birthday Cake|
|Cups of colored ice.|
|Ice Artists at Work|
|Pink ice penguins inside a partially frozen ice balloon.|
|A few days later, partially melted ice sculptures.|
So, how to do it! Well, you need to freeze water in some containers. We did lots of sizes because we were working outside, but you could go smaller with your containers and do it inside too. We used old milk and butter containers, water bottles, bowls, cups, etc. For smaller add-on shapes use ice cube trays, small cups, popsicle molds, tiny muffin tins, little balloons, whatever you have.
We put ours outside to freeze. We had super cold temps so things froze fast, but if it's not quite that cold put your containers in a shady place for a couple days. You can do it in the freezer too if you are doing tiny molds. We added food coloring to ours. For balloons it works best to add the food coloring first and then the water. When things are frozen bring them in the house to melt a bit so it's easier to get them out of their containers. The balloons don't need to melt first, just a little snip with scissors and you can peel the rest away easily.
To stick the ice together you need to make slush with snow and water, and you use the slush like glue to stick the ice together. It works, honestly. I put our slush in a plastic bowl and gave the kids plastic spoons to scoop up the snow with. Then you can just leave the sculptures outside and watch them change each day as the weather changes. Put candles in the hollow parts at night, add more colored ice pieces here and there, stick some bird seed into a hollow part, whatever you can think of. It's really so much fun.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
After ice sculptures we headed to our local hill for some sledding. It was a ton of fun for Pen and for me, but not so much for Violet. It was windy, the hill faces the bay and there was a lot of snow blowing around the ground. For most people it means snow blowing on their boots and snowpants, for Violet it means snow in the face. But she eventually found a long stick she became quite attached to and went around drawing lines in the snow with it and smacking snow covered bushes so the snow came falling off. She reminded me of Peter in The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.
After all that cold fresh air we came home and had hot soup for lunch followed by a huge pile of snow related books before naps and quiet time. It was a perfect snow day.