Our students had a fantastic time making balloon ice art last week! It was a perfect activity to reinforce learning about the letter “B” and the color “orange” (until we decided to go wild with the colors). We loved this project so much because it was artistic, scientific, showed cause and effect, allowed the students to use patience and follow step-by-step directions, gave us an opportunity to work on fine motor skills, and make predictions, observations, and conclusions. WHEW! Oh, and it was also really fun. So fun, the students wanted to do it twice–so we did!
To make your own balloon ice art:
1. fill water balloons with water and measure around the balloon
2. freeze overnight
3. retrieve frozen balloons and predict if they will have expanded or contracted, then measure to see for sure
4. put frozen balloons on a tray and peel the balloon off of the ice (safely use scissors to get the balloon started)
5. rub salt onto the ice balloon to create craters and talk about what is happening
6. drip food coloring onto the ice balloon and watch it flow into and around the craters
7. set it aside and watch how it changes over the next few hours (just make sure your pan/tray is large enough to hold the ice melt!)
Thanks to Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas for the great idea!