A nice blanket of snow and sub zero temperatures provided the perfect conditions to play around with coloured ice. The sun also helped, and the squirrels didn’t.
- plastic containers in a variety of sizes
- ice cube trays
- food colouring
- spoon for mixing
- bowl for hot water (big enough to hold the largest of your containers)
1. Gather an assortment of plastic containers and ice cube trays to provide a variety of shapes and sizes to work with. Fill them with water, add food colouring (sneak in a little lesson about colour theory), and mix. For the ice cube trays, prepare the coloured water in something like a measuring cup for easy pouring.
2. Place outside to freeze overnight. Easy right? That’s what I thought. Enter the psychotic squirrels who hang out in our garden, who saw this as a wonderful opportunity to hydrate themselves. Yellow water seemed to be a real favourite. To avoid disappointment, you may want to cover the containers. I’m just saying…
3. Gather up the kids, bring along a bowl of hot water and a cloth, and find a perfect spot for making your magnificent creations. To release the ice from the large containers, briefly dip them in the bowl of hot water. The ice can now be combined and stacked in all sorts of interesting ways. Dipping ice in water will allow it to attach to other pieces. Just hold in place for a few moments until it sticks.
Keep in mind food colouring can stain, so choose areas with grass or pavement underneath, rather than the lovely wood on your deck. Spring may reveal a new rainbow look you weren’t expecting.