Arts & Crafts
Submitted by: Linda O
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.
12 - 60 months
1 - 6 tots
- 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)
- Take you child on a nature walk. Look for items to build ornaments around.
- Discuss how seed heads and cones will grow next season and are also food for birds and animals.
- Cut one 5" length of twine for each ornament. Tie both ends of the twine together, creating a large loop.
- Arrange found treasures (leaves, seeds, berries) in muffin pan.
- Add water to fill.
- Add twine hanging loop and submerge the knot.
- Place in freezer for 4 hours or until frozen solid.
- Remove ornaments from the muffin pan.
- Hang outside in trees or on bushes.
- As ornaments thaw and berries are exposed you can watch the animals enjoy this treat!
- Fine motor skills » Hand eye coordination
- Fine motor skills » In-hand manipulation
- Gross motor skills » Walking