Ice Mobiles

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We picked up another fantastic book from the library. Nature’s Playground by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield has loads of wonderful games and activities that can be done outside. The book works though the different seasons, inspiring us to get outdoors throughout the year.

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When I saw the idea for ice mobiles I was desperate for the temperature outside to get super cold. Well its been that this week, so here goes…

We had bought some tin can lid covers which are made out of a soft plastic. I thought we would be able to get the ice out of these easily without the ice breaking. If you are using lids, you need to make sure there are no ridges in them which will be hard to pop the ice out of. We laid out some string over our lids and poured in water.

Back in June we had popped some flowers in the flower press and they have been sitting there ever since. Click this link to see our flower pressing in June. It would be great to make our ice mobiles super pretty, so we added these buttercups and daisies, and enjoyed two seasons at once!

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Well we cheated a bit, rather than putting the water outside to freeze naturally, we used the controlled environment of our freezer.

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I did want to wait for a day when the temperatures weren’t too far off freezing, today looked like that day.

I took our mobiles out of the freezer, left them for a few minutes and carefully extracted them from the plastic lids.

I was really pleased with the results and loved watching them glisten in the sun. The little munchkins liked them too. Then they melted!!

Have you made any art out of ice? What outdoor activities do you love when its freezing cold?

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30 Days Wild – Day 11 – Squash those flowers

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_11A few weeks ago we had a tonne of bluebells in our garden. The little munchkins decided to pick a few. I haven’t yet worked out how to explain to a two year old which flowers are okay to pick and which are not.

When a child comes to you and says “Mummy, I’ve picked some flowers for you” and hands you a bunch of Bluebells, it’s hard to be mad.

So we decided to get the flower press out and see what happened. I haven’t pressed flowers since being little. A few hours after putting the bluebells I’m the flower press I had to open it. “Are they ready yet?” It was a lot easier to show them than keep saying “No”

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Today we opened it for the second time. We found some lovely flat bluebells. “It’s like paper”, exclaimed Munashe.

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The sun was so gorgeous today. For me, the perfect temperature is somewhere between 20 and 25 c. So I was loving it! While enjoying the last of the sun, we stuck the petals onto some paper plates.

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A few little smiles from Zori as she had finished her masterpiece!

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Munashe continued being creative and was very proud of his earth picture. Can you spot the Tee-pee and the ‘X marks the spot!’ and the sun?

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We spent some time collecting some daisies and buttercups (acceptable picking flowers!) and replenished our flower press. We may create something else in a couple of weeks….any ideas?

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Sarah x