Real-Life Ice Blocks for Outdoor Minecraft
By Lisa Caplan, Toca Magazine Writer
Up north here in Montreal, Canada we’ve noticed winter has become a warmer, shorter season and we don’t get as much snow, especially not the kind that’s ideal for making snowmen and building snow forts. My son’s fifth-grade teacher had a great idea that had her class — and in short order the whole school — outside last winter not just playing but creating virtual winter worlds in which to enact all sorts of imaginary scenarios.
Cashing in on the popularity of video games like Minecraft she sent a letter home with specific instructions for every family. While perhaps not unique, her idea was certainly inspired and I’d like to share it with you here. If you have a large family or network of friends with kids you can turn a park or lawn into something cars slow down to check out, and if you only have your family you can use the same method to build on a smaller scale.
- Category: Active Play
- Target age: 4 and up
- Skill level: Beginner
- Materials: Stuff you probably have at home
- Prep time: You’ll need two days for this project, although preparation is quick and easy.
What You’ll Need
- Rectangular cardboard milk and juice cartons in various sizes
- Food coloring
- Fresh sticky snow or sand
- An open outdoor space
- Weather below 32 degrees F (0 C)
- Room in your freezer
- Square or rectangular ice cube trays (optional)