Ice Man

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: Sam Collins

Genre(s): Documentary

A fascinating film showing how and ice sculpture is made and how people react to it.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Show children the opening shot of the video (before you press play). What do they think it’s going to be about? What makes them say that?
  • Write a set of instructions (including safety instructions!) on how to make an ice sculpture.
  • Write an interview with the sculptor. What questions would you ask him?
  • Write a poem describing the ice sculpture.
  • Write a news report about the sculpture.
  • Collect “cold” adjectives to describe the sculpture.


  • Investigate changing states of water using this lesson plan from the BBC.
  • A typical ice sculpture will last for about 4-6 hours indoors before it melts. Investigate how long it takes different volumes of ice to melt. How will you ensure it is a fair test?


  • Visit the ice sculptor’s company page and look as some of the amazing ice sculptures they have made. Design your own ice sculpture.
  • Design and build an ice sculpture using ice cubes. Don’t forget to photograph or video it before it melts!
  • Experiment with freezing water in different containers to create different shapes of ice.
  • Investigate other unusual materials for sculpture, for example Robert Bradford makes sculpture from old plastic toys. What else could you use?


  • Compose your own soundtrack for the film.


  • Plan a holiday to an ice hotel. How would you get there? What might you do while you were there?


  • Make a timeline of the history of ice sculpture. Use our resource as a starting point.


  • Learn the word for “ice” in different languages.


  • Would you smash the sculpture? Why do you think people decide to?
  • Why do you think the artist left it out with a hammer for people to smash?


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