Ice Painting Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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This week’s preschool theme is ICE, I had a lovely idea to do ice painting this week since we haven’t really done much in the art department lately. I like my kids love to have a nice rounded week full of activities.

Last week’s activity: The Mitten Experiment

ice painting collage

Gather your supplies for ice painting!

First you need to make the ice blocks so that you can paint with them.

  • an ice tray
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • food coloring (i used these colors)
  • popsicle sticks (craft sticks)
  • paper

Directions: Fill your ice tray with water then empty the water into a bowl. This allows us to have the correct amount of water for our tray. Whisk the flour into the water so that our ice has a less watery consistency. Pour the flour water 4 blocks at a time into the ice tray then into another bowl. Do this 4 times into 4 bowls for 4 colors. Add your food coloring to these bowls. I have about 4 drops of color in each bowl.

Color selection for ice cubes

Now pour the color flour water into the ice mold so that you have 4 ice blocks of each color. Put your popsicle sticks into the color water. I first put the ice tray in the deep freeze before adding the sticks so that I could balance the popsicle sticks without having them go all over the place when I moved the tray.

Depending on your freezer, I made these in the morning and they were ready by afternoon to play with.using sticks for holders

TIPS:

  • Twist the ice tray to loosen the ice blocks and make it easier to remove them for painting.
  • Take the color ice out the freezer 5 minutes before the activity so that it can melt a bit before use.
  • Use a tray for your paper to minimize mess.

setting up the art area

Let the fun begin! This is a great “let the kids do their thing” activity. I love to sit back and see what they come up with.painting on paper with color ice

Round and around testing the color ice and how it makes markings.art with ice

My sweet older preschooler loves to draw me flowers so this was his first creation.drawing with color ice

The ice holds up for awhile too! We have currently done this activity 3 times already with the SAME ice cube paint!!

Just pop them back into the freezer.ice cubes in use for painting

I would love to try make colors of the rainbow for our next ice painting activity. I think it would look gorgeous.rainbow ice

Extra learning ideas:  These ice blocks would also do great to write with and form letters or numbers. You could also do shapes in various colors. The posibilities for learning are endless!

PIN IThow to paint with ice

Ice painting is super fun!

Try these fun ICE themed activities from the Early Childhood Education Team:


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