My daycare children and I made our own ice block sculptures this week. It was easy and fun for everyone. We went for a winter wonderland walk and collected some items from nature.
We examined each item and talked about the different colours, textures and shapes.
Our recycle bin provided some empty yogurt tubs that we used as our molds The children decided how they wanted to layer the nature items in their containers.
Once the containers were full with leaves and twigs we filled the yogurt tubs up with water. I left a little space at the top.
We placed our containers outside on the front step where we could see them through the window. The children predicted how long it would take for the water to freeze into ice on this cold winter day.
We checked them after three hours but they weren’t frozen solid yet (it did snow a bit though!).
It took six hours for them to freeze all the way through. We brought the containers inside and the ice blocks slid out easily.
The children wanted to feel the smooth sides and look closely at their ice sculptures. We talked about how water can change from a liquid to a solid in cold temperatures.
The ice sculptures made pretty outdoor decorations for our window sill on the front porch.
What a fun science craft on a wintery day!