Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snow Igloo Fun

We get lovely snow here in Denver, and having covered the letter I and igloos earlier in the year, my husband decided it was time to make one for the kiddos.  Here's the chronicling of their creation.

  Daniel marked out the place and size for the igloo.  Then, using a plastic tub (shown in photo beneath), he made solid bricks with the snow.  You do need wet snow, and ours was nice and wet once the sun hit it and began to melt it just a tad.

Then, they would turn the bricks out on the snow and re-place them where they wanted them to go.  The kitchen knife was for leveling stuff off.

This was much harder work then it may look, and halfway through both igloo makers took a hot chocolate break...

And had some Snow Ice Cream, which you can find the recipe for here:

Then the went out and hit it again...and at dusk, it looked like this:

 The colored window is made from colored ice that we froze in baby food containers in preparation to create a fun colored window in one side of the igloo.  Problem was:  the containers were too small and melted before we finished, so we came up with another way which you will see later...

Thank goodness, more snow was on the forecast because they were going to need more for the top of the igloo.  Next snowy day, here they are, finishing it off...

Even at half way through, the kids were having a blast with the igloo. 

Once it was this far completed, I think they figured that this was the coolest thing they'd ever seen made from snow.  Caedyn told his daddy, "Wow.  I love you, Daddy."  Which is always fun to hear.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the house, we had frozen these colored ice globes in celebration of New Years...
These things were really fun and we got a lot of compliments on them.  We made them simply by filling up some large latex balloons with water and then dropping a couple drops of food coloring in the water before knotting up the balloon.
Once frozen, these puppies were solid, SOLID and very pretty in the sunshine.  We moved them around back and...voila!

And a few days later, after the Denver sunshine had a chance to melt everything down...

And the next day after, the joys of kicking the last of it all to pieces with the help of a few neighbors!

It's snowing again now as I write this down...just imagine the possibilities that await.  Just get out there and create!  Woo hoo!

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