Painting with Ice

Great for hot days, this simple art activity can easily be prepared the night before so that you are ready to go in the morning whenever the children are!

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It can get super messy really quickly once the ice starts to melt, so be prepared for the mess and definitely use washable poster paints! It also work better if you paint on water colour paper, you might find that normal paper ends up tearing due to getting too wet.

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To prepare the ice paints fill each section of the ice cube tray with half paint and half water. Mix them well with pop sticks to make sure they don’t freeze separated. Cover the ice cube tray with alfoil and then poke one pop stick through the alfoil in the middle of each ice cube section. The alfoil is simply there to help keep the pop sticks upright during the freezing process.

Pop the tray in the freezer overnight.

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Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 5 - Children are effective communicators

5.3 - Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

This Activity is for:

  • All children - babies, toddlers and preschoolers will all be able to participate (just watch out for children who are putting everything in their mouths!)

Encourage children to:

  • Predict what will happen to the ice paints

  • Experiment with different painting techniques such as banging, stamping and sliding the ice paints

Extend on this by:

  • Using a vertical surface

  • Painting particular objects and scenes

Simplify this by:

  • Painting on a large communal canvas

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