Frozen tree decorations! And it’s not even Christmas!

29 November 2010 · 7 comments

in Art & Music Outdoors

We have so much snow here in Aberdeenshire! I feel that Christmas has come early! Recently I’ve been experimenting with ways of having a more environmentally friendly approach to celebrating this event, in spite of my inner kitch desires for lights, tinsel and sparkly objects!

My kitchy tendencies are revealed in the photo below. I began by assembling my muffin pots – the brightly coloured ones are silicone. Into these I poured water, food colouring and a selection of different objects. These were left out overnight. But a freezer compartment is fine and stops everything from getting lost in fresh snow.

Because the temperatures do not go much below freezing here in Scotland, I decided to use paper clips to attach my decorations to different places. I opened them up a bit and popped them half way into each decoration before freezing. This means they are quick and easy to hang up. String is a little more fumbly.

After experimenting on my washing line, I decided that my spindly rowan tree needed a little attention. It always looks a little neglected.

From a distance the decorations don’t stand out – other than the highly coloured ones. So here’s a closer look:

Can you work out what objects are in this ice decoration? The answer will be given in my next blog post.

Here’s some leaves from a house plant – too much snow covering the plants outside

Look at the pale pink begonia flower – it freezes beautifully!

Oops! I went overboard with the food colouring. I filled up the bird feeder with coloured ice cubes (sorry little birdies – you’ll get your peanuts back)

Can you spot the star-shaped ice cube? Some decorations are subtle!

These are leaves from my indoor ivy plant!

Children can have fun experimenting. Objects can be anything that can be covered in water and frozen. So little Lego people, mini dinosaurs and beads in addition to natural materials such as leaves, flowers and berries work well.

As I’m not sure how much snow we will get this winter, I thought I’d store up some supplies of snow, just in case! I’ve refilled the muffin cases with snow and popped them back into my freezer for a mini snowball fight on a warm summer’s day.

If you are looking for lots of different ideas for snow activities across different curriculum areas, then download my Winter Wonderland pack. It will keep primary-aged children busy outside.

P.S. Kari from Active Kids Clubs has sent me links to some more simple ice art that takes beauty to a new level. Have a look at the ice castle and the holiday ice craft. Thanks Kari!

Also many thanks to Di Blackmore, who sent me this link to making Swedish Snowball Lanterns. Such a simple and beautiful idea.

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Debi November 29, 2010 at 17:45

This looks like a lot of fun. What a great idea! My oldest would certainly love to freeze his lego mini figures! 🙂

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Teacher Tom November 29, 2010 at 23:42

These are cool, Juliet! We’re not as cold as you, but it would still be fun to make them in the freezer and let them melt on the trees until the treasures are free again!

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Christie - Childhood 101 December 6, 2010 at 11:56

What a fabulous idea, Juliet. I have never been so jealous of cold, snowy weather 🙂

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rachelle @ tinkerlab.com December 27, 2010 at 02:15

Hi Juliet, I just found your blog through Teacher Tom, and I’m so glad to add you to my must-read list. We’re spending the week in the snow (2 feet expected tonight!), and this will be such a fun activity for my little one. We did something similar by freezing water in a bundt pan http://tinkerlab.com/2010/12/frozen-wreath/ , and it turned out to be an engaging way to discuss how things freeze (and then melt). I’ve been thinking about ways to have fun with the snow, and will be pulling out some muffin tins tonight. Cheers!

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Kierna C October 17, 2011 at 20:04

Just found this post, and it’s making me wish for winter – can’t wait. I have filled latex gloves with water & left outside to freeze overnight before but this is even nicer. Kierna

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