Ice, Ice Baby

Still winter.  Still crafting.

First, you do something unusual.  Give your kid a bowl of water and encourage him to play with it.  Let him or her pick a color and watch as they diligently try to swirl it without spilling.

Then add the colored water into ice cube trays.
Still swirling.  Very diligent.
Then put the ice cubes somewhere to freeze.  The obvious place would be the freezer, but if you live somewhere arctic and your kid wants to watch the entire process from start to finish, just place them outside near a window. Our deck was cold enough for sure!
Give the kids lunch, put them down for a nap, and the ice cubes will be ready for stage two after dinner.  Use a pie plate or a round cake pan, add water and more food coloring (the same or different color, doesn’t matter.  Whatever your aesthetic tendency is for the day).
Add the colored ice cubes.
In retrospect, I would have used more ice cubes.  It would have been prettier.
Then, freeze it all overnight.  And the finished product:
It looks pretty cool and Jax thinks it’s awesome.  He has showed it to everyone who comes to our house.  He’s very proud of the process we went through to make it.  It was nice to show him that some things take time and require patience, not all instant gratification.  An added bonus to a pretty fun and simple winter craft!
Sorry California friends.  This one won’t work for you.  I’ll let you know when ours finally melts!
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