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How to paint with ice

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom with a busy toddler or a working mom looking for a fun weekend activity to do with your elementary-aged kids, arts and crafts are often a big success with children of all ages. However, as the weather warms up, it can be fun to pull out the ice cube trays to get something other than ice cream or popsicles. In fact, you only need a few items to make your own artistic ice cubes or paint with ice as an activity.

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How to make ice paints

Believe it or not, ice painting is a simple activity that can be a lot of fun, according to the WikiHow team. You’ll only need a few key ingredients to get started, then the freezer works its magic and provides you with colorful ice cubes ready to paint on any type of paper or canvas.

There are several creative ways to make your glaze paints, depending on what you have at home or how far you live from a craft store. In general, however, most people recommend using one of the following in your glaze paint:

  • food coloring
  • tempera painting
  • Acrylic paint (Note: this is best with older children.)

Once you’ve decided on the type of paint to use, all you’ll need are simple plastic ice cube trays, water, popsicle sticks and, of course, paint.

To make the glossy paint, you’ll follow these steps as recommended by Make Film Play:

  1. Take your ice cube tray and fill each individual space about a third of the way with different colors of paint.
  2. Fill each individual space to the top with water.
  3. Once filled with paint and water, wiggle each slot until the water and paint mix completely.
  4. Stick the tray(s) in the freezer and watch them carefully to know when the paint is just starting to freeze.
  5. When the paint-water mixture begins to set, place Popsicle sticks in each individual space you filled with the paint-water mixture.
  6. Once the sticks are inserted, return the tray to the freezer for at least 4 hours or until the paint-water mixture is completely frozen.


How to paint with ice


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Your children will be happy to paint, but making the ice paints requires a little patience. However, once the water-paint mixture is completely frozen, it’s time to get the paper out and get to work!

While you can use any paper for your glazed paints, Crayola experts recommend using heavy paper such as card stock or watercolor paper. However, you can also use other absorbent materials, like white cloth (think t-shirts) or even ready-made canvas (although it’s not as absorbent as watercolor paper or cloth).

The sticks help your child move the glossy paints across the paper, almost like a paintbrush. This makes this activity not only ideal for creativity, but also a great workout for fine motor skills. In fact, this is a great pre-writing activity for preschoolers to learn how to handle a utensil in their hands!


Once your child has had fun and created their ice painting masterpiece, let the paper (or whatever material you used) dry overnight. Then it’s ready to go on the fridge or hang in a frame to decorate your wall.

Sources: WikiHow, Crayola, Play Movie


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