Frozen Sculptures

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In this activity, learners use objects they find on a nature and water to make creative frozen sculptures. After learners create their sculpture, they are encouraged to document how it changes over time and experiment with introducing hot water and paint. This activity explores topics of creativity, natural objects, and the role of water in our lives. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with visual aids and uses low cost materials. This activity can be done at home.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Assorted containers of different sizes
  • Found objects from nature
  • Tap water
  • Space in a freezer
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Baking sheet or large shallow bin (optional)
  • Washable paint and brushes (optional)
  • Sketching supplies (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • States of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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