Ice beads

July 13, 2017

Create strings of hanging ice decorations & explore the science of freezing & melting.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: 3-4 hours

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: winter

Tags: decoration, food colouring, freeze, ice, melt, natural materials, string, water

Category: art & creating curriculum outdoors

Step 1

Pour water in to your ice cube tray.

Step 2

Lay the string in and out of each of the ice cube cups. This can be a bit tricky – if it keeps floating up you may need to weigh the string down or angle it to stay in.

You could achieve this same effect by placing a number of vessels closely together and draping the string from one to another.

ice cube trays with string draped through the water

Step 3

Leave your trays outside to freeze, if it’s cold enough, or pop them in the freezer.

Ice cubes with string running through them

Step 4

Push your ice cubes out – they should hang together in a string.

Step 5

Make a loop at one end of your string, to hang in a tree or bush, or drape it like tinsel.

child holding a string of ice cubes