Are you ready to make some pretty fun kids arts & crafts activities with your littles? In this post, you will see several that we did and loved! We hope you can take a look and share with us in comments which ones you will make. We can’t wait to hear from you!
This is a unique ice work of art. My children were quite enthralled with the idea of creating art involving ice. I was trying to come up with an activity that was actually considered artful and beautiful. I came up with the idea of wind chimes or wall hangings, but I wasn’t sure how to attach the ice cubes to ribbon, rope or yarn. Then I had an idea… 🙂
You will need:
- one ice cube tray per child
- assorted treasure beads in a child-friendly bowl (supervise children at all times – choking hazards)
- ribbon 3/8 or 1/2 inch wide and at least double the length of your ice cube tray
- a freezer
- Place the ice cube tray in front of your child.
- Ask the child to get the ribbon wet (it helps to sick to the sides of the ice cube compartments).
- Help your child to place the ribbon all along one side of the ice cube tray, going in and out of the compartments until the ribbon is in all of the compartments.
- Give your child the bowl with the assorted treasure beads. Your child can then choose their art: place random beads in each compartment (like mine did), they can sort the beads by color and place each color in a different compartment, they can short the beads by size or shape, etc. You can even use food coloring to dye the water or even add glitter! Have fun with it! Let them create art. No matter what they make, their art will be creative and beautiful.
- Once all of the compartments are filled up with beads, fill in the cracks with water to fill them up to the top.
- Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours. We left ours overnight.
- Pop the ice cubes out and hang somewhere to display. Remember that the art will melt, so choose the location wisely. 😉
Look at them! Don’t they look beautiful?! First, we hung them up from a tree with low-hanging branches and they played with them. They were fascinated at how beautiful they looked, at how the ice glistened in the sunlight and how they swayed with the branches.
When we were ready to come inside, we picked a spot on the fence in our backyard to hang them from. We could see them perfectly from our living room. It was beautiful to look outside and enjoy them. I placed a planter underneath them so as the ice melted, the beads would fall into it.
We can then save them, let them dry and use them for another work of art. In fact, after we made these, my children loved them so much that we did it all over again, this time, sorting the beads by color. They turned out amazing, too. You should try it!
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