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- Age: 0 to 8+
- Time: Under 1 hour
- Materials: Ice molds, muffin tins or other containers; food coloring or liquid watercolor paints; water; small sticks; light colored bed sheet or fabric; Sky Color by Peter Reynolds.
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- Gather your food coloring, short sticks (4-5 inches) and either a muffin tin or ice cube tray.
- Put several drops of color, then water, into each compartment. Mix well.
- Put tin foil over the top of the ice tray or muffin tin.
- Poke a small stick through the foil and into each compartment. This will freeze to form a stick.
- Freeze for about 24 hours.
- Take them out of the freezer or bring them indoors from the freezing cold, give them a minute to warm up, then pop them out into a bag or bowl that you can bring outside. Pack up your sheet and head outdoors.
- If you have a copy of Peter Reynold’s Sky Color, read it for inspiration before you head out or while you are outside.
- Lay down wherever you are and behold the winter sky together. What do you see? If you could, how would you paint the winter sky? What colors would you use?
- Wonder: How could we paint our very own winter sky?
- Pull out your sheet and explore it for a while. Feel it. Hold it and wave it up and down.
- Then, pull out your frozen color pops. Could these help us turn this sheet into our own winter sky?
- Use the frozen pops as well as the objects around you (sticks, rocks, hands, feet, etc.) to help add color to your sheet “sky.” Enjoy the process of discovering new ways to get more and more color onto the sheet.
- When you’re ready, shake off any extra frozen pop bits and hold up your sky. If there are enough adults, hold the sky over the kiddos.
- Make it a point to behold the colors in the winter sky for days and years to come!