Making & Painting Ice Rocks!

My fingers are finally thawing out, so I can finally write a post about one of the fun activities I did with the kids when the Polar Vortex hit here in Michigan.

The kids had already been out of school for 2 straight weeks … we were all psyched to go back to school … and then the snow came …

January 5, 2014 - snow

… and the temps dropped …

feels like 35 below

So, we took advantage of the subzero temps by Making & Painting Ice Rocks:

PlayDrMom makes and paints some ice rocks

All it took was some regular balloons … filled with water and left outside overnight.

frozen water filled balloons

The next morning they were frozen solid.  We cut and peeled off the balloons.

peeling off the balloon

I then had the kids decorate the ice rocks with liquid watercolor paint using droppers.

Painting the Ice

The result was beautiful … and with the freezing temps we were able to enjoy them decorating our porch for quite awhile.

Honor's Beautiful Ice Rock

This activity could really be done ANY time of year by placing the water filled balloons in the freezer.  Although it’s fun to enjoy them in the winter, it could also be a great way to cool down during the summer!

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Heather @ Crayon Box Chronicles

    Hi Laura. Great post! I never thought of using a balloon- simple and genius! Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

  2. Ashley

    Those turned out quite pretty! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library; you were featured this week!
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  3. Jennifer @ Generation iKid

    Terrific idea! Thanks for sharing on the Kids Co-Op, which I host on my site along with other bloggers. I’m pinning this one 🙂

    Jennifer @ Generation iKid

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