It’s been a cold winter thus far. As in close to -50 C a lot of days.
The Robert Munsch title is not even a hyperbole this year. As much as we’ve been huddling indoors away from ridiculous wind chills, we’ve also been trying to embrace the ice. Here are a few things we’ve been doing to take advantage of this cold.
Ice Fog: If you haven’t seen the YouTube videos showcasing people turning boiling water into immediate ice fog, I recommend looking it up. The children and I tried it ourselves recently. All you need to do is bring your water to a boil and head outside.
We poured small amounts of the boiling water into a measuring cup (about a three-quarter cup at a time), and then I tossed the water out of the cup as high into the air as I could. It was -30 C, plus the windchill, the day we did it and the results were immediate. No water hit the ground. We also experimented with putting food colouring in the water, but I won’t ruin the surprise for you.
Ice sculptures: In this weather, it doesn’t take long for something to freeze solid. We raided our pantry looking for every small plastic container we could find, and filled them with water. The children then had a blast dropping food colouring into and mixing each container.
We also took a package of balloons and filled each with water and food colouring as well. All the containers were then set outside to freeze and they were solid in a matter of hours. It didn’t take long to remove each from the container or cut the rubber balloon from the perfect ice sphere, and the children used all the coloured ice shapes as building blocks to create sculptures on our front yard.
Ice wreaths: The wreaths are very similar process as the ice sculpture blocks, but instead of filling the container all the way, just fill it about two inches. Then add a string in a loop so that part of it is sticking out and various objects to the water, so they freeze into it. When they’re frozen, pop them out and hang around the yard!