Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Try and Tell

I know, two posts in one day after I had been very bad about posting and very very bad about posting pictures (finally cleared a camera card...got inspired by Our Family Circus). If you want to read the other post I did today with lots of pictures of "Mono"...scroll down or click here.

So my friend Cop Mama has done a couple of Try and Tell postings, and I thought today I had something to share. Mom Tried It hosts this meme and explains it as grown up "show and tell". I kinda like that...isn't that what blogging is all about?

First off I'd like to say that I did NOT NOT NOT think or make this idea up...I saw it in a magazine, as did The Mommy Diaries. I was at a doctor's office...not sure where to cite this project, but NOT ME. I just tried it and it worked great. So I give to you....

Rainbow Ice/Sun Catcher Project
This is a picture of the one Snug made...at dusk. It is really much prettier in the sunlight, but I wanted an up close shot, and here it is.
Now Little M (during preschool) will demonstrate how to make it! He poured water into an ice cube tray. We found that 7 colored cubes was enough, so both boys got to make a sun catcher. We have been talking in preschool about colors, so this was a great project. He put red food coloring in the first one, made orange for the second, did yellow in the third, created green for the fourth, did blue for the fifth, created purple for the sixth, and then I let him put whatever in the seventh...kinda turned a weird purple in the end.

When the cubes are frozen (we let it sit overnight, but morning till after nap would have worked) pop them out and put them in a round *COLD* water filled dish. All I have here at the rental house was a pie plate, but I think a round cake pan would have been better (deeper). I also placed a small cup/dish with water in the bottom so that a hole would not freeze and we could hang it up.


The water must be *COLD* because the cubes will start to melt right away. Our dish is not completely full of water, but 1/2 full is easier to get into the freezer. After it is mostly frozen you can add more and then freeze again.

Here is what it looked like right before I added more water to his. We've gotten quite a bit of snow (nothing compared to All Things Family, but still a good amount) so my Draycare kids were not here today...he hasn't seen his done yet.

But this is what Snug's looks like (pre-snowstorm) done and in the sunlight. That hole is from where the cup was. If it gets a little water under the cup and doesn't quite have a hole, use a medicine dropper filled with hot water to melt enough to get a ribbon through. Hang up and enjoy!

11 comments:

Kim said...

Oh I love this! I saw this in a magazine, too. I can't remember which one either. No help, huh?
Thank you for linking up. I love Cop Mama and I am glad you decided to join us. :-)

The Kampers said...

I saw this today at the Dr. office when I took Elliot for his 15 month (when did that happen!?)appointment. I think it was the Family Fun Magazine and I was thinking I might try it...it did look fun in an icy northern sort of way.

Jenilee said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing the how to... I've never seen it before!

Vanessa said...

I saw this in family fun and wondered if it would turn out! Yours is beautiful!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

THAT.IS.AWESOME. We're so making one tomorrow!

Cop Mama said...

So cool! What a fun project! Goodness knows we certainly have cold enough temps!

Hey, hope you're feeling well, keep us posted!

Melissa said...

Cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Lauren said...

that is such an awesome craft idea! I love the way it teaches them colors as well.

Now, if I could only find a way to make this work in Florida. =/ lol

!♣!F®om †he In§ide ou‡!♣! said...

How neat!!! I think I'll help my girls do this!!! Thanks for sharing, I'm gonna go check out what other moms have done!! :D

All Things Family said...

Ha! I just noticed that you referenced our massive amounts of snow...want some? I'd be happy to pack it all up and send it your way! Such a cute ice sun catcher..might have to try that this week! You know..since we got ANOTHER 10-12 inches of snow with a lot of heavy winds again today! I think now we're buried under about 43 inches....

Thanks for sharing!

The Alburger Family said...

I love this! It's so beautiful and such a wonderful idea!! Not only with this but with all of your other crafts you have been so creative!

Also congratulations on the house! Can't wait to see the inside. Hope you all are doing well!