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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Ice Sculptures



We're in the midst of a deep freeze here where I live in Canada. So I thought it appropriate to post these ice sculptures some Grade 4,5,6 students made with myself and a Music teacher at my school. He makes elaborate ice sculptures at his house, so wanted to teach our students how to make some simple ones. 

One of the challenges of this project is that you need to have extended cold weather in order to have enough time to freeze all the water, assemble the sculptures and then have time to enjoy them!
The kids and teachers collected plastic forms that we could use as molds.
We filled balloons with water and hung them on a rope so they would freeze in teardrop shapes. We also filled and froze foil balloon letters so we could write the name of our school outside.


Here's how we made some short candles to line the walkway to our school:

Home Depot plastic buckets were filled with coloured water and froze. Kids flipped them over and stomped on them to release the block.



You can stack one on top of another to make taller candles.


Then use wet snow as glue/mortar.


Add the balloon 'flame' on top.


  




We also made an Elsa/Frozen inspired castle. We froze water in a bunch of random plastic containers. 




Then unmolded them.


Then we had a backdrop built, the kids painted it blue, and they assembles the frozen pieces in tower formations. Unfortunately, at this point, the weather started warming up, so I only got some melted pics!










 

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