Last night, I poured water into all sorts of different containers and left them on the porch to freeze. I put a little paint into some of them so that we could have a few pieces of colored ice. The kids were ecstatic when they saw all of that ice this morning. They were twice as ecstatic when I told them what we were going to do with the ice - make ice sculptures!!! We chose a shady spot in the front yard, so that the kids could look at the sculpture from the playroom window. I brought a pan of warm water and the salt shaker (for sticking the ice pieces together), and we were ready to play. We dumped all of the pieces of ice onto the frosty grass: At first, everyone wanted to make their own sculpture, but the boys quickly decided that it would be more fun to work together. Clover still wanted to do her own thing, so I worked with Indigo, Willow, and Nova on an ice palace while Clover built the palace barn and duck pond. We built a nice walkway from the palace to the barn, so that the little ice faeries would have a path.
By the time we were done with our palace and walkway and farmyard, the sun was beginning to shine on our shady spot a bit. It made the ice sparkly and shiny, and (much to my relief) no one got too worried about the fact that our work was definitely going to melt to some extent.
We had so much fun watching our sculpture change a little at a time all day long. We read _The Story of the Snow Children_ by Sibylle Von Olfers, and imagined that Poppy might visit our palace. The kids are all hoping that the snow children will visit our house again soon. They love snow play!!