Thank you for all of the positive feed back on our Ice Eggs activity, they've been never endingly popular at our house despite winter setting in!
We've been experimenting each week with new items inside our balloons and this week we tried out water beads. We've used them inside balloons before for our Texture Balloons activity but have never tried them inside Ice Eggs, and the results were very pretty.
The girls had a lot of fun melting their eggs with water and having a game of Ice Bowling, and of course, smashing them into itty bitty pieces ;D
* top cut from a plastic water bottle
(you could also use a wide mouth funnel if you have one)
* water beads (hydrated)
* recycled bottles and tins
(if you want to play Ice Bowling)
We hydrated some water beads overnight and cut the top from a water bottle to use as a balloon funnel.
The balloons stretch and fit easily over the water bottle spout making it easy for the girls to hold and put the water beads in themselves.
Bubble filling her balloon with beads.
Balloons filled with water beads.
Next we added water to make our Ice Eggs. I attached the balloons to the tap faucet and the girls filled them as big as they liked. Once they were ready I tied them off.
Then just as last time we put our balloons into the freezer.
One thing we always do when making Ice Eggs is put the water balloons inside a container or bag, just in case there is a breakage!
The Water Bead Ice Eggs after freezing overnight.
Bubble setting up some things from the recycling bin for Ice Bowling (we didn't have enough empty milk bottles!).