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Written by Jennifer Sill

Each week I try out something I find on Pinterest in hopes of passing along some great ideas for others to do with their children.

I’ve been wanting to try this for AT LEAST a year. It was one of the very first things I ever ‘Pinned’.

I tried it twice, TWICE FOLKS! And while it was facinating, it pretty much flopped both times. SO I altered it. You should totally try the altered version (and let me know if the original works for you.)


The idea is pretty simple.

Fill balloons with water and food coloring.


Place them outside in the cold until they freeze.


Peel the balloon off.


Enjoy colorful decorations in your yard. (This is the part I couldn’t work out.)


*Note: unwrap your balloons in the sink or on a cookie sheet – just in case they are not fully frozen. Two of ours had water in the middle that gushed out. (They were on a cookie sheet. This is not the failure I mentioned above.)


*Note: Keep an eye on the weather forecast. “Duh!” you might think. BUT, I thought I was in the clear with the COLDEST week in the winter. Not a day above 25. However, my ‘art’ was in the sun on that 25 degree day. AND it cold rained that night. My pretty gazing balls turned into ugly snow-ish balls and then were melted by the rain. So – be warned. In fact, the weather got me twice (and I thought I had planned pretty well.)

Here’s my slight change that made this all worth while:

Freeze water balloons (smaller) and then ‘melt’ them in the bathtub. Voila!

PicMonkey Collage

The kids not only get to learn that the water freezes outside overnight, but they also get to have fun and WATCH it melt in their hands. The ‘bath toys’ saved the day and we’ll probably do this again next year. 🙂


Here’s my “Pinspiration”  (Idea I found on Pinterest):  Queen Vanna



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Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She's helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest. Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.

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