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HOW-TO: KIDS PARTIES SEA CREATURES ICE BOWL

Recently we headed along to ‘Finding Dory’, the much-anticipated sequel to the hit kids film, Finding Nemo. With its (tag and) release, every child is wanting a “Finding Dory themed party. If you’re looking for a fun children’s birthday party table centrepiece with a fishy theme, how about this stunning marine-inspired ice bowl? It’s an easy DIY craft, creating a frozen ice bowl in your home freezer, containing shells, ‘seaweed’, beads, and sea creatures in the ice. I’m creating these as an activity for my 5 and 6 year old children, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use it for a ‘Finding Nemo’ or ‘Finding Dory’ themed party, or a mermaid party, a pirate party, and any under the sea themed party. In the ice you can put anything you fancy – I used glass beads, green leaves, real sea shells, and Sea Stretchies lollies. Instead of leaves you can use real seaweed that you gather from the beach too, making it a fun and interactive family exercise to do on a fine day and then make together when you get home.

EASY DIY CRAFT: HOW-TO MAKE AN UNDER THE SEA ICE BOWL

To make a sea creature ice bowl you need the following things:

A large bowl and a cereal bowl for inside that leaves about a 1cm gap between the two bowls
Leaves for seaweed
Sea shells and glass beads to decorate
Tap water to fill between the bowls
Allen’s provided me with some Sea Stretchies. Thanks Allen’s for the lollies! The lollies are available at New World and Pak n Save supermarkets.

1. Fill your large bowl with 2 1/2 cms of tap water.

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2. Freeze this solid. This will form the base.

3. Put the much smaller bowl inside it on top of the frozen water base. Put a rock in if necessary to anchor the top bowl and keep it steady, as it can tend to float upwards on the water and we want it to stay put on the frozen base. Pour water in between the bowls.

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4. Push Sea Stretchies and leaves down between the bowls using a fork. Remember that the outside will show so position your leaves to face outwards.

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5. Place both bowls flat in the freezer overnight.

When you take it out of the freezer, gently run tap water over it until the top bowl floats loose, but not too much to actually melt everything! Mine came out in less than a minute. You can keep it in the freezer again-  inside the large bowl to keep it strong- for as long as you want. You can make it ahead of time for a party. It will melt so place it on a dish to catch the drips on your table!

Here’s the finished result:

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Enjoyed this? See how to make kids parties fairy teacup gardens here

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and a floral ice bowl here.

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Words and pictures, Megan Robinson
15th July 2016

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