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23 Jan, 2009

Fun with ice

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

ice can be pretty

A couple of weeks ago I decided we should revisit the idea of making snow jewels again. We did this last year and it proved to quite fun.

There’s nothing to it: water, food colouring, containers for freezing.

We don’t have a big deep freezer, nor a lot of tupperware, so we have had to be happy with making one or two yogurt containers at a time (depending on how much yogurt we’ve been eating that week).

Each one is a bit of an experiment.

Which colours combine to make new colours?
What happens if we put a bottlecap in the water?
How would we freeze a pinecone?

Sarah has been using them to decorate her fort. Even the murky-looking brown ones.


5 Responses to "Fun with ice"

1 | Jenn

January 23rd, 2009 at 1:07 pm


Did you use boiling water to get them that clear?

2 | andrea

January 23rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm


I didn’t. I think I used warm water for that one. I might try boiling it first to see what happens.

3 | Julie

January 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm


Fun. I wonder how much faster they would freeze if you put them straight outside instead of the freezer?

4 | LO

January 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm


Great idea! My daughter’s school has a winter carnival in February and there are a lot of family and cooperative events that make it happen. One is that all families contribute to the carnival castle which is made out of coloured ice blocks. Everyone starts preparing a week before so that they can freeze outside. To make the ice blocks we used milk and juice cartons, fill them with water and add food colouring-all colours. Then everyone brings them to school and parent volunteers (that’s me:) cut them out and the kids-class by class, assemble them to make a castle-It looks amazing!!!!!
Everyone could make a little one at home..Ice castle made with ‘jewels’

5 | vanessa

January 26th, 2009 at 9:27 am


very pretty . i had an idea to freeze cranberries as a table centre piece at christmas , it sounds like the boiling water keeps it clear but theres also the question of melting .
the ice cubes i make always melt really fast
i noticed marco pierre whites atlantic bar ice cubes resembled the plastic ones used in photographic shoots
there must be a science formula to getting it right !
it sounds like fun for kids – i also make english knickerbocker glory icecreams in glasses that are fun [similar to screwballs ] add different flavours of icecream or fruit when slightly liquid and freeze inbetween until glass is stripey and full .

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