Crafty Tuesday: Ice Sculptures & Snow Painting

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing a guest post from Kim over at Mothering with Mindfulness. She and her little boy took advantage of our recent snowfall to enjoy some outdoor crafting fun! Enjoy!

A few weeks ago I borrowed a copy of Oak Meadow‘s First Crafts for Kids and was really excited to take a look through it. It has some wonderful craft ideas for little ones and we tried one out the other day. The ice sculpture looked like a ton of fun and seemed like the perfect winter craft.

For this craft you’ll need:

Large bowl to fill with water and freeze overnight

  • ¾ cup salt x 2
  • ¼ cup warm water x 2
  • Food colouring
  • Baking sheet
  • Small bowls for mixing colours

Here’s what you do:

  1. Freeze water in a bowl overnight.
  2. When ready to start your project, add the salt to two bowls, ¾ cup in each bowl. Top each bowl with a ¼ warm water and mix well.
  3. Once the mixture is well mixed, divide evenly among 4 or 5 bowls, depending on how many colours you want to have.
  4. Add food colouring to the salt/water mixture and mix well.
  5. Remove bowl of ice from the freezer, turn up side down and run warm water over the bottom until the ice chunk falls out. Use a little warm water to smooth the rounded part of the ice chunk (this is the part your little one will be painting).

We then headed outside to make an ice sculpture. Reece had a ton of fun adding the colours to the ice. I was hoping for a little more action with the ice. I was hoping the colours would run through the cracks and really create an interesting design. Some of the colours did, but not as much as I thought they would.

Once we finished with the ice sculpture Reece and I got busy with the salt colours in the snow. He created an abstract design, and I worked on a little flower.

We definitely had a lot more fun snow painting and will definitely be doing that again!

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