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Muddy Faces

Hanging ice decorations

A simple winter activity for children making ice decorations to decorate those bare trees.

Art & Creating


A simple activity to do when you are expecting a frosty night - or use a freezer in the summer. Perfect for exploring changing materials and they look great too!

What you'll need

  • water
  • plastic or flexible vessels - cups, bowls, tubs, yoghurt pots etc.
  • string
  • natural materials

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of natural materials
  • leave no trace

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • using natural materials
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Step #1

Fill your pots and vessels with water.

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Step #2

Place a loop of string or wool so both ends are in the water – make sure its well-dunked!

Step #3

Leave the pots outside to freeze.

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Step #4

Push your decoration out of the pot.

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Step #5

Use the loop to hang it in a tree or bush.

Take it further:

  • place natural materials in the water before freezing or pop in a small toy
  • try a few drops of food colouring in the water – what happens to the ice?
  • for flatter, round decorations use a saucer
  • use clay or similar malleable material to create different shaped moulds
  • you could do this activity in the summer by putting your pots on a tray in the freezer – hang them up and see how long they take to melt, or for your object to be released from the ice.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

Key Features

  • Age Range All Ages
  • Duration 3 - 4 Hours
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Winter
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Art & Creating
    ice & snow


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