Exploring the outdoors is a natural way for children to connect with the world around them. Collect some nature and allow children to observe and interact as the ice melts around it. You will need: natural things such as flowers, leaves, conkers, pinecones etc and scoops, bottles, ladles, containers.
Place items of nature inside different sized containers and fill with water. Place in the freezer overnight and take out the next day. If the ice blocks are difficult to remove, run warm water over for a few seconds. Place the frozen nature blocks onto a large tray. Have fun investigating how to melt the ice and discuss what is happening. Once the ice has melted, the remaining water and nature makes perfect ‘nature soup’. This can be used for creating potions in bottles or pouring into bowls.