With winter in full chilly swing, let’s catch some sun kids! Besides, the Grinch stole Christmas so we’re sure that borrowing the sun for a while will be in order. Life is a Garden is inviting kids of all ages to come and explore the curious science of water, temperature, and the sun. Time to turn liquids into solids and make a glistening frozen art piece for the garden.
Before we get started, here are some chilled frozen facts for your kids to think about:
Try this: For the next really cold day, you can make instant snow form by throwing boiling water into the air.
Top tip: Visit your GCA Garden Centre for gorgeous cool-season flowers and citrus trees. Take the little ones for an outing and let them choose their blooms to use in the ice discs of their suncatcher. Garden Centres are also stocked with wooden rods and paint for your hanging and décor needs.
Dear yellow star
We call for your heat, although you are 150 million kilometres far
Thank you for being the centre of our solar system
Made of awesome hydrogen and helium
Please come and see our mobiles today
And let the ice slowly melt away
Top tip: Use purified water or cooled-down, boiled water from a kettle for clearer ice. Try other interesting shapes instead of discs and explore to what depths the water will freeze in your area.
Did you know? The surface of the sun is 5600°C with a core temperature of 15,000,000°C – wow!
Have a blast creating your eco-friendly, icy suncatchers! You can use the melted garden treasures as mulch, add them to the compost, or give the fruit to the birds. This DIY is a great opportunity for homeschool learning and independent investigation. Who knows, this might just be the spark your child needs to unlock their love for science and nature. Life is a Garden, be inspired by it!