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- Age: 0 to 5
- Time: 1 hour+
- Materials: Nature treasures (e.g. berries, evergreen limbs, small pine cones), cake pan or baking sheet (with a lip), water bottle, twine, scissors. Optional: spices (star anise seeds, cinnamon sticks), food coloring.
- Bring a cake pan or baking sheet (with a lip around it), twine and bottle(s) full of water outdoors.
- While outdoors, gather nature treasures (e.g. berries, evergreen limbs, small pine cones—whatever would look nice in ice!).
- Fill your pan or sheet with water and layer in the treasures. Put both ends of a 10-12 inch piece of twine into the water so that they will freeze in the ice, forming a handle.
- Keep this outside until it freezes (if temperatures are below freezing). Or, bring the treasures back home, fill the pan and freeze in the freezer.
Invitation: Observe and Release!
- Keep checking back to observe how the water and contents are changing as they freeze. Take pictures!
- Once fully frozen, bring your pan or sheet indoors or take it out of the freezer. In minutes, it should melt enough to release from the container.
- Take it outdoors and observe, marveling as the sun streams through it. lay it on the ground or hang it from a tree limb and observe. Watch as kids interact with it, using various senses. Use hands, sticks, rocks or other tools to break it up and explore it further.
- If kids are into it, repeat and make more!