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Paint with Ice – Children and Art – by S.A. Barone


Art Projects for Young Children

Paint with Ice

I have never done this particular kind of painting.  I’ve done a lot of painting with acrylics, watercolors, oil, mixed media but Ice Painting is all new to me.

I was browsing around the internet and came across this art activity for kids.  It looked like so much fun I wanted to share it with everyone.  I just know kids will love doing this activity.


Liquid tempera paint

Ice cube trays

Craft sticks

Heavy paper, preferably white.

Plastic wrap (optional)

Pour the liquid paint into the ice cube tray, not all the way to the top but close.

When the tray is full, put a craft stick in the middle of each cube.  If the sticks won’t stand up, cover the tray with plastic wrap then poke the sticks through the wrap for extra stability.

Carefully place the ice cube tray in the freezer, and let it sit until the paint is frozen solid.  It might be a good idea to leave them overnight or most of the day to make sure they are frozen solid.

When the paint is frozen it’s time to paint.  It is suggested that the paint stay in the tray until the child wants to use a certain color then pop it out of the tray.

Give the kids a piece of heavy white paper and let them swirl the frozen paint cubes all over the paper.  As it melts it will leave a trail of bright paint.   Use several colors swirling them all over the paper.

I can see that this is a good way to teach children about color mixing.  Try freezing only red and blue and as the kids swirl the two colors together they will discover they have magically made the color purple.

I’m definitely doing this one day very soon.

Have fun and keep creating.

S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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