This post is for letter “I” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series, click here to see all posts.
Icicles are a fascinating wonder of nature and always seem to make a winter day seem magical, don’t they?
When water freezes as it drips, an icicle forms. If you live in a southern climate like we do, they are rare to find. My kids will go on a quest to see who can find the biggest one–and one inevitably ends up in my freezer each year! No matter how old they are, my kids seem to be intrigued with ice and can’t resist playing with it.
God’s breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water. Job 37:10 NLT
To celebrate our enjoyment of these sparkly wonders of creation, we thought we’d make some lasting icicles for our Christmas tree. These are super simple and inexpensive to make, and you probably already have all the materials you need on hand.
Icicle Ornament Craft
You will need:
- 2 1/2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup Borax
- tall jar
- pipe cleaners
- string for hanging
- Stir to dissolve Borax in hot water and pour into jar.
- Twist pipe cleaners into spirals by wrapping around chopstick and sliding off. Stretch slightly for a longer shape.
- Make a ‘hook’ at the end of each pipe cleaner spiral by bending the end slightly.
- Place chopstick across top of jar, and hang pipe cleaners over and into Borax solution. Try to space them apart so they aren’t touching. We can fit 4 in our jar at once without them touching.
- Let them set without jiggling the jar for several hours. The longer you let them rest, the more crystals will form. Once you are satisfied with the results, take the icicles out of the solution and set on paper towels to dry.
- Now they are ready to add a little sparkle to your Christmas tree! You can either use the hooked end as a hanger, or tie a pretty string around the top for hanging.
More Fun with Ice
- Learn more about how icicles stick to things with this cool Ice Cube Rope experiment.
- Find some fun ice themed books and more activity ideas at What to Read and Do on a Snowy Day.
Thanks for joining us on The ABCs of Homeschooling for the Holidays! What fun ice themed ideas can you share with us?
Anne Campbell, mom to 3 boys (in every sense of the word!), a writer, editor, chicken wrangler, and former middle and high school teacher, loves to share resources and ideas to encourage other moms and homeschoolers. In her 14th year as a home educator, Anne teaches Living Literature & Composition classes and blogs at www.mylearningtable.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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