Want a quick and easy way to keep your kids entertained on a hot summer day? Try ice painting with coloured ice pops! It’s cool, it’s creative, and it’s a whole lot of fun!
The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love playing with coloured ice when the weather is warm. We’ve done all kinds of ice play activities over the years. We’ve built ice structures, and we’ve done melting experiments, but one of our all-time favourites is ice painting. If you’ve never painted with ice before, you have to try it! Kids love it! And I will admit that I have just as much fun with it as they do! It’s such a a neat way to create. Let me show you…
We’re freezing our ice paints in popsicle moulds today. The shape of an ice pop is perfect for painting with, and the handle makes it really easy for little hands to manage. No frozen fingers or colour-stained hands. 🙂
Ice Painting with coloured ice pops requires 4 basic supplies:
- popsicle mould
- food colouring
- paper (water colour paper is excellent but any kind of paper will do)
Preparing your coloured ice pop paints:
You’ll want to prepare your ice paints at least a day in advance so they’ll be well-frozen.
Fill your popsicle moulds with water, and a couple of drops of food colouring to section of the popsicle tray. Don’t skimp! You want your coloured ice to be intense. At least 2 drops per paint pop should be good.
Place your popsicle mould in the freezer, and leave it over-night or until your ice has frozen completely.
To remove your ice paints from the popsicle mould, simply run the mould under a stream of cold tap water, bending the tray back and forth until your paint pops loosen up and slide out.
Let’s get ice painting!
We’ve used artists’ sketch paper for today’s project. Water colour paper would be even better, but you can use whatever paper you have on hand. We’ve painted with coloured ice on white cardboard before, and we’ve also used regular printer paper. Blank greeting cards are perfect if your child needs to make a card for someone special.
Thicker paper will obviously absorb the water better, and a higher quality paper will make for a longer lasting piece of art-work.
On a warm day, it doesn’t take long for the ice to start melting, and when it does, all of that gorgeous colour starts flowing.
Painting with coloured ice pops is effortless. Swirls, squiggles, doodles and designs quickly appear as you move your hand over the paper.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Re-freezing your ice pops:
When you’re done, you can pop your paints back into the popsicle mould, and back in the freezer for another day!