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Colouring winter happy (6 photos)

Sticky snow, food colouring, bowls, pans, balloons and cold weather are the ingredients for magical lawn ornaments on Brien Avenue this winter

The simple use of wet sticky snow, food colouring, shaped bowls and pans, balloons, cold weather and a little imagination keeps these young minds safe at home and engaged during COVID-19.

Arlene Duplantie began making a hill for sliding at her Brien Avenue home once enough snow fell this winter to help keep her great-niece and the neighbour children home and active in their own yards.

As more opportunity presented she enlisted the minds and help of Eve - her great-niece and Trinity - her little friend. Together they added several sculptures one at a time tapping their creative minds and abilities all while letting them come up with the ideas.

With the use of balloons, shaped pans and bowls filled with water and food colouring they learned how to freeze shapes outdoors overnight and create new ones.  The pair are now completing their latest project which involves crushing coloured ice to make crystals.

The owl was built about two weeks ago by Duplantie's neighbour for the group of children. 

Fresh sticky snow is on the wish list and more plans are in place for new projects.

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About the Author: Violet Aubertin

Violet Aubertin is a photograher and writer with an interest in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma's great outdoors
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