Here, in Sweden, in the midst of winter, it is hard to take science and craft outdoors (and remain relatively comfortable with one’s fingers not frozen solid!). However, aside from snowballs and snowmen, there are a few lovely things that can be done. Today we did coloured nature ice blocks.
What you need: berries or leaves etc, water source, food colouring, and some containers. I had the children running around the garden for supplies. The request was to gather colourful berries, leaves of any shape or colour, and anything else colourful. We ended up with large red berries, small red berries, small black berries, various pine needles, holly leaves, ivy leaves, some lavender sprigs, and some dried lavender flowers.
The next step was to add a food colouring of choice (or in mini man no.2’s case, mix 2 to make purple), and give it a stir. We then left them in a corner of the garden for nature to do its magic. The temperature is staying below zero here in the day, so all we had to do was wait a little while.
Our finished products with the sun shining through……..