Ice Towers

Here's some winter fun that can be made entirely by the kids... building + painting = creativity--and lots of fun!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    This is one of my kids' favorite wintertime projects... the only things we we need are winter and paint, and they're off--sometimes busy for an hour or more! Plastic bowls, cups, and Popsicle molds all make excellent containers.

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  • Step 2

    My only involvement in this project is getting out the bowls and then filling up the water pitcher... my children know what to do!

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  • Step 3

    You could use food coloring for this project if you like, but watercolor paints work just fine--and they're often washable. If you don't have watercolors, just choose a washable paint and water it down.

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  • Step 4

    My children love mixing colors and discovering new ones.... some they mix, and some they leave alone and let set (to see what happens)...

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  • Step 5

    When the colors are done, I put them on a tray (sometimes they're very, very full!) and carry them outside, putting them out in the cold.

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  • Step 6

    First thing the next morning they get checked on... they're frozen! And ready for play.

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  • Step 7

    We put a towel on the table and a tray on top. Maddie fetches some snow from outside, and then we get out the paints...

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  • Step 8

    ...and penguins, rabbits, dinosaurs, and other animals, and the kids set up an icy animal kingdom.

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  • Done!

    Painted crystal caves, snowshoe hare dens, polar bear glaciers.... it's all wonder and wander in this snowy, icy land!

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