Paint with Ice

paint with iceIt’s been a frigidly cold week. And though we do enjoy playing outside in winter, we don’t appreciate the kind of cold that instantly bites our skin the moment it’s exposed. Needless to say, we’ve spent more time indoors watching movies, visiting the library, and making crafts the past few days.

Since it has been so cold, an arts & crafts project with ice seemed very appropriate.

Preparing the Ice Paint

January 26 0591. Fill several small containers with water.

2. Add food coloring, liquid watercolors, or paint. Stir well.

3. Freeze outside (or in the freezer) overnight.

Using the Ice Paint

January 26 075In an effort to give the boys another opportunity to problem solve, I simply gave them the paints and said “Have fun!”

“Ummm, Mommy?”


“Well, the problem is that the paints are frozen. They don’t work really good.”

“They are frozen!?”

“Yes! We need to melt them.”

“How could you melt them?”

“With a campfire.”

“That’s one way. Can you think of another way that is more appropriate for inside?”

“Salt! Salt melts ice! That’s why big trucks put it on the road.”

January 26 076

After sprinkling salt onto the ice paints, the ice should begin to melt and your young Monets may begin their masterpieces!

January 26 085Well, not everyone has to be Monet . . .

January 26 106. . . to each his own. Enjoy!

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15 thoughts on “Paint with Ice

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  2. that’s what usually happens at the end of painting activities…it becomes fingerpainting time…the next picture is probably with him covered in paint up to his elbows right?

    • We started off with shirts on and then when Colin discovered that he could pour the paints I yelled, “Freeze C-Dog! That is too nice of a shirt to get covered in food dye paints!” And yes, up to his elbows! 🙂

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  4. What a great idea! I can’t wait to try in my preschool class! I also shared it on my district’s Facebook page for our birth to 5 initiative to get kids ready for kindergarten!

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