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?