Monday, February 10, 2014

Colored Ice Orbs

Since I saw balls of colored ice on pinterest, I knew we would have to try it one day. Now we've tried it & another activity is checked off my pinterest to-do list.

The concept is simple. Fill a balloon with water, add food coloring & freeze.

It didn't even cross my mind that it might not be as simple as it sounded.

• Day 1 •
We filled 8 balloons with water & food coloring on the first day of Snowpocalypse 2014. Our high that day was 16°, so we set the balloons in the snow to freeze.

FYI: We used both regular balloons & water balloons with gel food coloring. I'm guess some part of these supplies is the reason our experiment didn't go as planned.

It didn't take long for the balloons to get covered in snow. We left them there all night assuming they'd be frozen by morning & we'd get to see our colored ice.

 • Day 2 •
We checked on the balloons in the morning & they weren't frozen. Most of them weren't even slushy. We decided maybe the snow was insulating them, so we uncovered the balloons & made sure they didn't get covered back up. Some how 2 of the balloons popped, so we were down to 6.

 • Day 3 •
The next morning the bigger ones weren't frozen & the smaller ones were a bit icy, so we moved them out of the snow & on to our front porch.

One of the smaller water balloons popped as I set it down. This was the result. Kind of cool, but not what I was hoping for.

By evening they weren't any more frozen than in the morning, so we moved them away from the house & out of the snow a little bit.

 • Day 4 •
The balloons sat in the wishing well overnight & in the morning they were frozen... mostly. Frozen or not, the weather was supposed to warm up so our experiment needed to come to an end. We brought the balloons to the porch and the kids cut the remaining 5 balloons.

The middle balloon is looking good & frozen, but you can tell the others are still a bit watery.

The purple balloon with green ice was a success!

It's just what I was hoping for.

Red balloon with red ice. Success!
The yellow balloon with orange ice was also successful.

Pink balloon...



Purple balloon...


The 3 ice orbs that made it went back out to the wishing well.

As I carried the colored ice orbs back to the wishing well, they dripped. A lot.

3 colored ice orbs sitting in a wishing well

5 hours later the majority of colored water has dripped out.

The days of watery balloons were worth the wait to get this fairy pic with the ice orb.

Three out of 8 balloons froze. That's not very good odds. Our pond was frozen. All the chicken waterers were frozen. It was just these balloons filled with colored water that wouldn't freeze. My dad told me they didn't freeze because of the pressure of the rubber. The stronger the rubber from the balloon, the colder it has to be for it to freeze.

It was more difficult than I anticipated, but still a fun activity to try.

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