Winter Crafts for Kids

Arctic Light

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Watch how the reflective properties of ice cause this arctic light to give off a warm, welcoming glow on a winter night.

Adult Help Needed

What You'll Need:

  • Water
  • Large metal mixing bowl
  • Plastic yogurt container
  • Small stones or coins
  • Large tray with sides
  • Votive candle
  • Matches (adult use only!)

Pour a few inches of water into the mixing bowl. Fill the yogurt container with stones or coins, then center the container in the bowl. Slowly pour more water into the bowl so that it nearly reaches the rim of the smaller container. Place the bowl in the freezer until the water is frozen.

When frozen, remove the ice from the mold. If the ice doesn't come out easily, run warm water on the outside of the bowl and the ice should slip out. Then dump out the stones or coins from the yogurt container, and pour in warm water to loosen it. Remove the container, and place the ice candle-holder on the tray.

Now it's time for sparkling fun. Place a votive candle in the opening, and have an adult light it. If you're fascinated by the way the light looks through the ice, go to your local library for some further study on light.

For a winter craft project that you can make and reuse year after year, see the fabulous fabric wreath on the next page.

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