There’s a cold snap going on over here. Actually, I think it’s…everywhere?! The whole darn country is shivering. But we won’t let that get us down! I hate being stuck indoors, and the cold tends to do that. How about instead, we find something to do outdoors that is brief, as well as fun!?
We’ve been doing this activity in our house since the kids were young. It turns out different every time, so there’s nothing ‘boring’ about it! We love to make colourful ice ‘sculptures’ or castles when it’s really cold outside. It’s super easy, but you’ll earn major brownie points with your kids! In fact, my daughter requested we do this just the other day, and she’s now ten. So it really never gets old!
Building Ice Sculptures with Your Kids
Here are your simple steps:
- Gather containers of different shapes and sizes from around your home. We use yogurt, milk, ice cream, and cheese containers usually. We’ve also used muffin tins. There are no rules with this one, so go ahead and get creative (just don’t use your nice tupperware, as it might crack in the cold!)
- Fill your containers with however much water you want. Then, add drops of food colouring at will. If you’re adventurous, throw in big crazy-colourful glitter to some of them. And yup, your kids hands will be stained (but they’ll love it).
- Take them outside (the containers, not your kids) and leave them to freeze. It usually takes a day or three.
- When you’re ready to remove them from their containers, bring a bucket of hot water outside, then dip your container in the hot water to loosen the ice. Turn upside down to remove. When we made these ones, it actually wasn’t quite cold enough. But the effect was awesome, because there was still some water floating around in the middle when we took them out. Some ended up with holes in the middle, as the water drained out when turned upside down, and the kids loved that!
- Build! Stack your ice sculptures. Rearrange them. Play, play, play!
- If you want your castles to be permanent, either pour some water on them (when it’s still very cold outside), or spritz them with water, and leave them to freeze.
As long as it stays cold outside, your kids will get joy from these ice blocks for many days!
They’ll even have fun smashing them into little pieces, once they’re done building with them.
So get out there in the cold and start building!