We had so much fun creating these amazing colorful icicles over the weekend. It took a bit of effort/patience to get them to form, but the results were totally worth it! The weather dipped really cold making it perfect for building icicles.
We started by freezing colorful ice blocks the night before, and building a little colorful castle on a cookie sheet. We used a ladder and a broom handle as our structure, nothing fancy.
We made a very small hole in the bottom of the pop bottle and threaded string through it. The bottle was placed on the highest rung of the ladder. A single string came down from the pop bottle to the broom handle. It then branched into 5 strings making a tent shape that we stuck to different areas of the ice castle. You can use a syringe of water to help freeze the string to the ice. Make sure to wet the sting with water before bringing it outside, this will help guide the water down it.
We continued to add colored water to the pop bottle about every 10 mins. Just make sure that the water in the bottle does not freeze. We also found that if we used to hot of water, it would melt the icicles that had already formed. You might have to play with the temp to get what works best for you.
It was fun to change up the colors of the water every so often and see the colorful layers form. As cold as it was, the kids enjoyed playing outside and peeking in on the icicle progression during trips down the hill. They thought the process was cool, but a little slow to sit and watch. However, they loved when a new color was added, because the results were pretty immediate.
I love all the layers and depth of color! This might be one of my favorite experiments that we have done so far. We stared building our structure in the morning and a added our last layer of color just before supper. It took almost a full day to get these results but it was totally worth it.
A friend made a fun time lapsed video of the process. You will see the most dramatic results at the end of the video, so make sure you stick it out. I love when the yellow and green layers are added!
I joined in on the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop today. You will want to click on the button below to take you to the landing page to scroll through a list of the other creative blogs participating. Make sure you check it out for more great tips, tricks and ideas on how to make winter exciting for our kiddos!