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Icy Decorations

February in Minnesota can be one of the chilliest months of the year. Why not take advantage of these freezing temps and create some icy decorations?

  • Find a plastic food container or pie tin.
  • Search for items.
    • Go on a treasure hunt around your yard and see what items you can find. Some ideas: tree clipping, pinecone, rock, stick, frozen berry.
    • If you have citrus fruit or berries past their expiration date in your kitchen, select some of those.
    • Want to feed the birds? Add some birdseed.
  • Arrange your items in the container.
  • Add water, but leave some space at the top.
  • Place your container on a flat surface outside overnight.
  • The next morning, lay a long piece of string or yarn across the top and add another small amount of water and freeze again.
  • Once the string has frozen, carefully remove the ice from the container and tie the ends of the string together and hang from a tree branch.

Questions to ask:

  • Do the items look the same as they did when you put them in the container?
  • What do you see as the light hits the ice?
  • When the temps get warmer and it starts to melt, what is happening? 
  • How is it changing?
  • What will happen when the ice has completely melted?

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