Capture a bit of magic with these mesmerizing ice balloons! Made from just water and food coloring, these colorful creations are simple, cheap and absolutely beautiful.
What You Need:
- Water balloons
- Food coloring
- Old towels
- Cookie sheet
- Old clothes
What You Do:
- Make sure both you and your child are wearing old clothes. This project can get messy!
- Carefully help your child put one drop of food coloring into her first balloon. Work the food coloring as far into the ballon as possible
- Have her fill the balloon with water. Watch for any leaks. Any leaky balloons need to be thrown away!
- Once the balloon is filled, let her tie the end into a know.
- Have her place the filled balloon on the cookie sheet.
- Help her repeat this process with more balloons.
- When she's satisfied with the number of balloons she has, have her place the filled cookie sheet in the freezer.
- Wait for the balloons to freeze.
- Have your child slip the frozen balloons into a bucket.
- Move the project outdoors. Her frozen balloon will start melting immediately, and you won't want dyed water seeping into your floors.
- Discard any balloon that ruptured inside the freezer.
- Let your child use scissors to cut off the knot from each balloon.
- Gently help her roll off the balloon material, revealing the beautiful, frozen orbs beneath!
- Have your child decide what she wants do do with her icy creations. She can set them up as temporary decorations or make patterns and structures with the colored spheres.