Levitating Lantern

  1. Grades 6-8


Balance tension and gravity to make an "impossible" floating lamp! Build a lantern that floats above its base with the help of tension and rubber bands. Learn the science behind how it floats and engineer an electric circuit to make the lamp glow, then test the levitation with a series of “tricks” that are sure to impress!

Academic Standards

  1. 5-PS2-1: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Why it’s awesome

  1. "Impossible" levitation

    Explore how physics and opposing forces help this lantern float.

  2. Glow in color

    Customize the lantern’s shade colors for a unique glow.

  3. Surprisingly sturdy

    Lift and turn your lantern without breaking the levitation illusion.

What’s included?

  • 6 lantern pieces

  • 2 arms

  • stand base

  • 2 sticky foam sheets

  • 5 cords

  • 17 rubber rings

  • paper sheet set

  • battery pack

  • LED strip

  • switch

  • sticker sheet

  • 8 cord spacers

  • illustrated instruction booklet

Topics explored

  1. Floating illusions

  2. Science of tension

  3. Hands-on electronics

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

What's cooler than building and customizing your own lantern? Making it float! I decided to use transparent rings to mimic how magicians create floating illusions — the harder the rings are to see, the more magical the illusion looks!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Lantern prototypes built


Shades styles tested


O-rings accidentally fired across the workshop



51 reviews

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    This was one of my kids favorites. We still use it in there room.



    This project was so fun! Not too easy, not too hard, and now it has a place on our mantle. Lovely.



    10 year loved building it.



    The "levitation" element really blew our minds. My nine year old and I giggled as we built this and watched the magic come alive.



    Pretty interesting but a little wobby, hard to make the ballance.



    I bought this for both my 10 year old and 16 year old. They both enjoyed putting their project together. My 10 year old was able to do it by herself and my 16 year old found it satisfying to occupy a little bit of time.

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