Homemade Ice Sculptures

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Winter returned to Sanborn today with a big, spring blizzard!

One of our favorite winter nature activities comes from Jerry McLain, our Director of Alumni Relations, who made these incredible ice sculptures by filling a variety of containers, plates, basins, pots and pans with water; leaving them out to freeze overnight; then arranging them on his deck to catch the morning sun.

As you can see, you can use all sorts of containers to make interesting shapes.

A couple of other thoughts:

  1. It never freezes where you live? Borrow some space in the freezer overnight!
  2. Add color to your sculpture: use food coloring or food coloring gels to tint your water and make an amazingly colorful sculpture (think Alexander Calder)
  3. Build your sculpture in the morning and keep checking on it throughout the day and see how it changes.
  4. If there are already flowers blooming where you live, try building your sculpture in a way that reflects the color of the flowers around it.

We would love to see your sculptures, too! Make sure you upload them to Instagram and tag us with @sanbornwesterncamps, or you can share them on our Facebook post, too!

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Ariella Rogge
About Ariella Rogge

Ariella started her career at Sanborn when she was twelve. After five years of camper and five years of Sanborn staff experience, she continued her work with kids in the high school classroom. Ariella and her family returned to Sanborn in 2001 to take on the Program Director role which she held til 2012. She and Elizabeth Marable became co-directors of High Trails in 2013 and then Ariella became the High Trails Director in 2020. In the fall of 2022 she became the Director of Sanborn Western Camps, overseeing the director teams of both Big Spring and High Trails. She lists mountain golf, Gymkhana, climbing mountains and making Pad Thai in the backcountry as some of her favorite activities at camp. Ariella received a B.A. in English from Colorado College and is a certified secondary English educator,an ACCT Level 2 Ropes Course Technician, an ARC lifeguard and NREMT and WEMT. She lives in Florissant in the summer and in Green Mountain Falls during the school year so she can stay involved with the busy lives of her husband, Matt, and two teenage sons, Lairden and Karsten.