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Snow, snow, come and play! Four crafts for chilly days


Running out of ways to keep the kids entertained during cabin-fever days of winter? Bundle up and take your arts and crafts outdoors. We have four ice-tastic projects for you and your kids, all using household items and a little bit of “Brrrr!”

Iced Nature Wreaths

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Make a glittering ice hanging using natural adornments.

What you’ll need:

  • Bundt pan or cake pan and plastic cup
  • Leaves, twigs, cranberries, rose hips, dried flowers, small pinecones
  • Ribbon
  • Water

Directions:
Collect small twigs, pine cones, dried flowers and leaves from around your back yard or while on a nature walk.

Place your found objects in a Bundt pan or round cake pan. If using a cake pan, first place a plastic cup in center to form center of wreath. (You may need to fill the plastic cup with small stones or other “weights” to hold it in place.)

Fill pan with water.

Place pan outside overnight (or in freezer).

Run warm water over bottom of pan to help loosen your frozen wreath from the pan.

Tie ribbon through center hole of wreath and hang your beautiful decoration outdoors!

 

Colored Ice Sculptures

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Make your own gem-colored building blocks.

What you’ll need:

  • Ice cube trays or muffin tins
  • Food coloring
  • Water

Directions:

  • Fill ice cube trays or muffin tins with water.
  • Put one or two drops of food coloring in each compartment.
  • Place trays or tins outdoors overnight (if temperatures are below freezing) or in freezer.
  • Remove the ice building blocks from trays. Remove stubborn blocks by running warm water over base of trays.
  • Build your sculptures! Use a few drops of water between ice blocks to help them freeze together.

Snow Painting

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Create snow art with colored water!

What you’ll need:

  • Spray bottles or squirt bottles
  • Water
  • Food coloring or tempera paint/powder (chooses non-toxic, washable paints made for kids)

Directions:

  • Fill each bottle with water and a few drops of food color or tempera paint. You may need to experiment with amount of coloring to add.
  • Use colored waters to paint in the snow.
  • Making art with snow and water may mean wet, cold fingers. Keep an extra pair of gloves or mittens on hand!
  • “Save” your snowy artwork in photographs.

Ice Balloons

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Make colorful orbs with water and balloons!

What you’ll need:

  • Balloons
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  • Fill each balloon with water and a few drops of food color.
  • Tie balloons. Shaking the balloons will distribute the color. If you don’t shake the balloons, color may stay in one part of the finished ice balloon for a cool effect!
  • Place balloons outside overnight. Do not place directly on ground — the warmer earth may prevent part of your balloon from freezing.
  • Remove balloon and throw away.
  • Note: Ice balloons will begin to melt a bit once you remove balloon, and some of the food coloring may stain hands or mittens.
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