Marbellous fun in the freezer!

Balloon marbles ready to freeze!

Balloon marbles ready to freeze!

This is a follow up post to my one last week entitled ‘Marbellous fun in the snow!’ If you’ve read that post, you’ll know that, during the latest lot of UK snow, I had the great idea to attempt to make giant ice marbles with Gammon and Chips as an activity we could do while we were snowed-in.

I must admit that I had quite limited success with Mother Nature in this activity. Pretty much as soon as we finished preparing them, the sun made an appearance and started melting all the snow, so none of my balloon marbles froze.

I then turned to the wonder that is modern technology, and stuck them in our chest freezer to see if any of them could be salvaged.

Help! Someone's killed Pac-Man!

Help! Someone’s killed Pac-Man!

As you can see from this photo, we had a bit of a mishap with the yellow balloon as my husband, Doug, was foraging around rebelliously in the freezer for some ‘proper bolognese’ after I told him the news that I was cooking Quorn bolognese for dinner, and it spilt its guts after being dropped by Mr Grumpy.

Anyway, 1 week (and about 14 asides about the ‘bloody balloons in the freezer’ later) I decided it was the right time to check on our creations, and do you know what? To my massive surprise, they were all still intact, fairly well shaped and about as frozen as an Iceland store. We had liftoff!

So, despite the rain and grey weather, Gammon, Chips and I went outside yesterday to place our masterpieces where they would originally have been, had artificial physics not interfered. We had a great time peeling all the balloons off the ice, unsticking some of the marbles together, and trying to carry them up the stairs to the garden carefully without dropping them or having them freeze our hands off.

5 giant marbles sitting by the wall.

5 giant marbles sitting by the wall.

After pretty much announcing an epic fail last week, we seem to have somehow pulled it back from the brink of catastrophe and have something mildly OK to show you all.

Wow - it actually worked!!!

Wow – it actually worked!!!

So without further ado – ta dah!

Not bad hey?!

OK, so they are all different sizes, they look a bit misshapen, having been squashed between tubs of beef stock and ice cubes for nigh on a week, and their food-coloured hue isn’t quite as vibrant as I had hoped for, but… I reckon they pass.

I don’t think they’ll cause a viral Pinterest whirlwind, but Gammon and Chips and I will be able to look back at this blog post in years to come and laugh about frolicking in the snow and having fun hanging out next to the chest freezer.

Gammon with his masterpieces

Gammon with his masterpieces

These giant ice marbles are so good, we need to dance!

These giant ice marbles are so good, we need to dance!

We did have fun, as these photos show. Until Chips started to get a bit cold. It was the one day in about 3 months that I’d chosen to wash her yoghurt-covered winter coat, so I had her in double layers of hoodies. But yes, I would actually highly recommend this as an activity to do with your kids. And the great thing about it is that, we now know that you can do it any time of the year, and not just when it’s snowing… thanks to the wonderful modern invention that is known as the household fridge freezer. Thank you LG! *dons hat in gesture of respect*

The cold starts to set in for Chips

The cold starts to set in for Chips

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2 thoughts on “Marbellous fun in the freezer!

    • Yes, defo. But I wasn’t going to let them go to waste if I didn’t have to – they were a bit of a ball-ache to get done in the first place, so I persisted. Fun times. 🙂

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