Wednesday, January 7, 2009

1 Hour : Play It : Snow Chateau

We're getting dumped on here in the Rocky Mountains and my kids are loving playing in our little winter wonderland. I think we'll try building these snow castles from FamilyFun. I love that you simply use the outdoors as your own personal freezer to set these structures the night before.

Craft Material
Plastic Containers
Food Coloring
Natural Materials
1. Fill containers (pails, gelatin molds, plastic storage containers, cups) with water. Then add food coloring (about 20 drops of color per cup of water) and freeze outside overnight.
2. Before building, bring the ice to room temperature. When you see a bit of water on top or when the ice turns in its container, that means the ice is ready to slip out.
3. Build away. Decorate the completed castles with sticks and mini pine boughs, if desired.
Tips: If the ice shapes aren't sticking when you stack, add snow between to "glue" them together.

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