If you have some pretty cold temperatures outside or are stuck in the Polar Vortex, how about you try these easy to make ice lanterns! A fun winter activity the kids will love to do and it doesn’t require much time except for the freezing part! Also, explore some simple science with states of matter. Winter science and play combine with a bit of art for a cool effect!
EASY TO MAKE ICE LANTERNS FOR WINTER ACTIVITIES
WINTER ACTIVITIES WITH ICE
Make these easy ice lanterns for a fun winter activity to do with the kids. Of course, it will be prettier with a snowy canvas to spread them out on, but as long as you have cold temperatures outside, they will be just fine! And if you don’t have cold temperatures, well ice lanterns are still fun to make.
These make a great addition to your winter solstice activities as well.
Make sure kids explore states of matter while they set up their ice lanterns~
We also have some fun and FREE Winter STEM Challenges Cards for you… Click on the image below.
WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
We love science you can do in any kind of weather, so for winter, we offer both snow and non-snow activities! Whether you have plenty of the white stuff outside, are stuck in a Polar Vortex, or live somewhere hot and sunny, you WILL find winter science you can try right here.
These make great winter science activities for preschoolers through early elementary grades! You can also check out some of our latest winter science activities below:
SUPPLIES FOR ICE LANTERNS
- Large balloons
- Food coloring
- LED battery flicker lights
ICE LANTERN SET UP
You can get started by adding about 4 drops of a different color liquid food coloring to each balloon. Alternatively, you can mix water and food coloring in a pourable container.
Carefully fill your balloons about 1/3 way full with water from your faucet.
Now if you have some extra balloons, I know your kids will love these icy dinosaur eggs. MUST try!
Next, you want to carefully remove the balloon from the faucet so the food coloring and water don’t splash around.
Then, you want to tie off the balloons and set them outside in the snow to freeze overnight. Or you can stick them in your freezer!
Once your water balloons are frozen, carefully remove the balloon from the frozen ice. Have your kids dig small little holes along the sidewalk/path or around the yard and set your lights in the snow with an ice lantern on top.
Watch them glow!
Water exists within all the states of matter. Water is, of course, a liquid, snow and ice are solids, and water vapor is a gas! Water and ice also represent the concept of reversible change. Water can change to ice and back again without the chemical composition being affected.
—–>Check out: Rainbow Walking Water for capillary action.
Make sure to get the kids outside to test out their lanterns! These would be fun to have out for an after-dark party!