We’re in the middle of winter now, so expect some freezing weather, brrrrrrr! This month we should have some weather which is cold enough for you to create some fantastic ice art. You don’t need anything special to create them – just things you can find around your home, in a garden or even a local park. So, here’s a challenge to test your creativity skills – how many different or unusual objects can you include? Can you create a theme in your frozen art? Perhaps the objects could all be the same shape, the same colour, or totally random?
Hang your icy mobile outside in your garden on a tree or near the window and watch as it gradually begins to melt. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try using different shapes and patterns to make a longer icy mobile! Make your icy mobile on a really frosty night to make sure it freezes! You can always use the freezer if it’s not cold enough outside instead.
|You will need: Saucers, lids, plastic bowls or pastry cutters|
A tray or plate
A range of objects
Step 1: Ask an adult to help you choose a few different objects to freeze. They could be items from home or you could collect some natural objects (leaves are great) on a daily walk?
Step 2: Place 3 or 4 jam jar lids, little trays or pastry cutter shapes on a tray or plate. Arrange the shapes into a row on the tray, leaving small gaps in between.
Step 3: Place your chosen items one in the middle of each shape or lid. Take a piece of string and lay it over the shapes to link them together, making sure that the string goes right into the shapes allowing the string to freeze into each one. Carefully fill each shape with water.
Step 4: If it’s below freezing outside, put the tray on a flat surface outdoors and leave overnight if possible (remember you can use the freezer if it’s not chilly enough!).
Step 5: Once your icy mobile has frozen, gently remove the ice from the shapes (you may need to use a little bit of warm water to ease them out – ask an adult to help you as this might be a little tricky!)
Step 6: Why not hang your frozen artwork somewhere, so that you and your family can take a closer look? Outside is perfect, especially on a cold
day so it won’t melt too quickly. Take a close look – what can you see in the ice shapes as well as your object?
Step 7: Why not have another go? You could try adding a drop of paint or food colouring to the water you add to each object. Can you create a rainbow?
Remember that if you complete this you can earn special Children’s University credits!