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Jumping on the Ice Balloon Bandwagon

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We’re in the middle (maybe the end?) of a cold spell here in Chicagoland.  It hasn’t been too bad here, really. Most of our days have at least stayed above zero. I’ve got friends and family in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa that have suffered through much worse temps than us.  I haven’t experienced negative 45 wind chills since I was in college in South Dakota, but my friends there experienced them this week!

One of those friends has a knack for making lemonade, so to speak. The cold temps inspired her to give one of those pins on Pinterset a whirl, and she and her kids set out on an ice balloon adventure, and she shared her picutres on Facebook.

Those pictures inspired ME to get more creative. We’re a bit isolated this week- 2 of my 3 have had colds that have kept us home all week. Seriously. ALL. WEEK. Just when I thought they were getting better, a return fever sent us to the dr midweek, and that was our only outing. Whew. We made it though! And one of those days, I decided we’d give those colorful Ice Balloons a try.

Here’s what you do.

Take a balloon.

Put a few drops of food coloring in it.

Fill it with water, close it with a knot.

Freeze.

Pop the balloon, revealing the frozen colored ice inside.

Enjoy the pretty.

I learned, after filling my first balloon, that you need to put the food coloring in first. Oops. So, we have one clear/white ice balloon (which still looks pretty cool).

Here’s our little experiement:

Step 3: Freeze.

Step 3: Freeze.

Frozen.

1 day later: Frozen.

Elliot was excited to break them open.

Elliot was excited to break them open.

 

And super-duper excited with the results!

And super-duper excited with the results!

 

Mary couldn't wait to help pop a few too.

Mary couldn’t wait to help pop a few too.

And now we've got a colorful view from our table.

And now we’ve got a colorful view from our table.

The kids LOVED this activity! When we were filling them we talked about colors, and what colors are made when mixed, etc. The yellow-red mixture made a very pretty orange, but the blue-red mixture made the ice ball that looks brown. Hmmm.

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Author: Growing Up Good

Mom of 3 under 6. Expert coffee drinker. Homeschooler. Wanna-be-sewer. From-scratch cooker. And pizza orderer.

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