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nature school project- snow candles

This post was orginally written for our contributor blog Mud Puddles to Metoers. Pictures and words are by Kim Corrigan-Oliver.

What better way to celebrate the winter then to make snow candles. All you need is beeswax, some candle wick, popsicle sticks and some snow.

snow candles Begin by melting your beeswax. If you have never melted beeswax before I suggest using a mason jar that you don’t mind parting with or keeping for melting beeswax for future projects (you will never get all the beeswax off). Place beeswax in the jar, and place the jar in a pot of simmering water.

While the beeswax is melting prepare your wick by cutting to the desired length. Once the beeswax is melted dip the wick in and straighten. If you buy pre-waxed wick you can skip this step.

Wrap one end of the wick around a popsicle stick as shown in the photos.

Now head outside with your wick and melted beeswax. Create your hole in the snow, we used a mason jar; place the wick into the center of the hole with the popsicle stick supporting the wick over the hole.

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Slowly pour in your beeswax. Patiently wait for the wax to set, this will take 5 to 10 minutes, then gently pull your candle from the snow.

Each candle will be slightly different and add a lovely glow to your evening.

Martin & Sylvia: Nature School

As the summer comes to an end, Momma, Martin and Sylvia reflect on all the things they loved about the summer season: hikes, walks along the beach, blueberry picking, climbing trees and collecting bird feathers. Then Momma suggests that they keep the summer outdoor fun alive all year long: “Every Thursday, lets have Nature School!” And so Martin joins the Goose-eye Wilderness School, and Sylvia and her friend Sophia create a Nature home-school. From wild craft cooking to outdoor games to building projects to tree identification, Nature School will be a year of unfolding learning and fun.