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Ice Ornaments

Ice Ornaments
Photo by: Linda O

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Have fun collecting, creating and hanging these Eco-friendly ice ornaments that later serve as animal feeders. Great for practicing observation and fine motor skills with your child.

Time
300 minutes
Ages
12 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 6 tots
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Supplies

  • Leaves (Nature walk treasures: seed heads, small seed cones, nuts, berries, moss & lichens)
  • Twine (bio-degradable, cut in 5 inch pieces)
  • 1 Muffin pan (Silicone preferably)

Steps

  1. Take you child on a nature walk. Look for items to build ornaments around.
  2. Discuss how seed heads and cones will grow next season and are also food for birds and animals.
  3. Cut one 5" length of twine for each ornament. Tie both ends of the twine together, creating a large loop.
  4. Arrange found treasures (leaves, seeds, berries) in muffin pan.
  5. Add water to fill.
  6. Add twine hanging loop and submerge the knot.
  7. Place in freezer for 4 hours or until frozen solid.
  8. Remove ornaments from the muffin pan.
  9. Hang outside in trees or on bushes.
  10. As ornaments thaw and berries are exposed you can watch the animals enjoy this treat!
Adaptations
Create twine loop hangers for child prior to start of activity.
1. Choose ingredients to meet specific animal needs in your area.
2. Have your child count the total number of items, figure out how many items would go equally into each muffin cup or sort items in alike groups.
3. Help your child create and keep a journal of animals that visit the feeders.
Safety Tip
Wild berries should not be consumed by children, and if adult supervision does not include knowledge of local plants, use purchased cranberries or blackberries.
Tips & Tricks
If using a metal or tin muffin pan, sit the bottom of the pan in warm water until the ornaments are easy to remove.

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Linda O

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