You decorate the tree inside your house during the holidays; why not decorate the trees outside as well? Help your child make an attractive frozen holiday ornament to hang outside during winter months.
What You Need:
- Pie pan
- Water and freezer
- Collection of wintry evergreens, flowers, berries, holly, ivy, twigs, and other pieces of nature
- Yarn or ribbon or pipe cleaner
What You Do:
- Set out with your child to collect some pretty pieces of nature to put in the ornament such as evergreen leaves, wintry flowers, holly and berries, ivy, and twigs.
- After he has collected his pieces, bring them inside. Have him arrange the pieces inside of the pie pan.
- Help him slowly fill the pie pan with water, almost to the top. The pieces may float around and move a bit.
- Help him cut a piece of yarn or ribbon to a length that when doubled over will still be long enough to hang the ornament after frozen, about 12 inches or so. You can also use a long pipe cleaner. Put this “hanger” into the pie pan of water at one edge, with just about 2 inches of each end (or one end if a pipe cleaner) sticking into the water.
- Now the ornament is ready to be frozen. Carefully place the pie pan in the freezer and leave it overnight.
- After it is frozen, the ornament can be wiggled out of the pie pan. Running warm water on the back of the pan will help it slide out. Hang it outside on a tree in winter. If outside weather is cold enough, your ornament may last for a while, or you can store the ornament in a plastic bag in the freezer during warmer weather. Take a photo before it melts!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.