Homemade Marbles for Winter

During the week of Christmas break, I had the precious children make some marbles. Ice marbles, that is.

They filled regular balloons with water and a few drops of food coloring. Then placed them in the deep freezer for a couple days. We waited for the predicted snow to arrive before taking them out of the freezer.

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Peel the balloon off…yes, peel. Cut the knot away and the balloon peels off easily. I suggest wearing some gloves because the more you handle them, the more your fingers freeze.

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Then place them in the front yard – I placed them along the sidewalk in the snow. The first day they were hazy due to the frost of the freezer. But the next day, after the sun melted them a tiny bit (the temperature was barely 34*F) and caused the globe to glaze over. This resulted in a shiny coat and the marble look was more noticeable.

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