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Frozen ice-bowl lantern

A fun winter activity for children to explore ice. Use household kit to create these effective ice & nature light features.

Art & Creating


These lanterns are perfect for a winter celebration or feast.

Use found natural materials to decorate.

Activity donated by Mandy Tullock - Mud Pie Adventures.

What you'll need

  • water
  • 2 bowls that can sit inside each other
  • plastic bag
  • different sized & coloured leaves

Activity Provided by: Mandy Tullock - Mud Pie Adventures

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • leave no trace - gather any non-natural materials once the lantern has thawed

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • use gloves to protect hands

Step #1

Pour water half way up the bigger bowl.

Float some leaves in it.

Step #2

Put a plastic bag around the second bowl and lower it so there is a layer of water all around the bowl. You might need to pour in some water or add stones to stop the smaller bowl floating out.

Step #3

Leave to freeze then pull the two bowls apart.

Art & Creating

Step #4

Place a nightlight inside your bowl.

Light it at dusk.

Take it further:

  • make lots of ice-bowls of different shapes and sizes
  • try putting food colouring or powder paint in the water before freezing
  • create a path with a series of ice-bowls

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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Key Features

  • Age Range All Ages
  • Duration 3 - 4 Hours
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Winter
  • Time of Day Night Time
  • Categories: Art & Creating
    ice & snow


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