Ice Painting: Summer Process Art Idea for Kids

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Get ready for a creative and refreshing adventure that will delight your senses and ignite your imagination. We will explore the fascinating world of ice painting, a unique art activity that combines the beauty of colors with the chill of ice. With just a few simple materials like kids’ paint, an ice cube tray, popsicle sticks and water, you’ll embark on a journey of artistic discovery. Let’s dive in and unlock the magic of ice painting!

Cool and Colorful Ice Painting

Ice painting is a fantastic way to explore the wonderful world of art while adding an element of surprise and coolness to your creations. By freezing paint in ice cube trays, you can transform them into colorful icy paint blocks. These frozen masterpieces can then be used as paintbrushes, enabling you to create stunning and vibrant works of art on paper or other surfaces. With the help of popsicle sticks, foil, and a little water, let’s unravel the secrets of ice painting and unlock a world of artistic possibilities.


Materials Needed:

  • Kids’ paint (assorted colors)
  • Ice cube tray
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Aluminum foil
  • Water
  • Paper or canvas for painting

Step 1: Preparing the Ice Paint Blocks

Start by pouring the kids’ paint into each compartment of the ice cube tray. Use different colors for a diverse and vibrant painting experience. Once filled, carefully place a popsicle stick into each compartment, ensuring it stands upright. The popsicle stick will serve as a handle for your ice paint blocks. Cover the ice cube tray with a layer of aluminum foil, gently pressing it down to secure the popsicle sticks in place. Place the tray in the freezer and allow the paint to freeze completely. This may take a few hours or overnight.

Step 2: Unleashing Your Inner Artist

Once the paint is frozen, it’s time to unleash your creativity! Remove the ice cube tray from the freezer and peel off the foil covering. Hold onto the popsicle stick handles and allow the ice paint blocks to slightly thaw for a few minutes. This will help the paint melt and transfer onto the paper or canvas.

Step 3: Painting with Ice!

Now, it’s time to start painting! Place a sheet of paper or canvas on a flat surface to catch the drips. Take one of the ice paint blocks and gently glide it across the paper, allowing the melting paint to create colorful strokes. Experiment with different movements and pressures to explore various effects. You can also dip the ice paint block into water occasionally to enhance the flow of colors. Feel free to mix and layer the paint blocks to create captivating patterns and blends.

Step 4: Exploring Techniques and Designs

As you become more comfortable with ice painting, let your imagination soar. Explore different techniques such as splattering, swirling, or stamping the ice paint blocks onto the paper or even symetry painting. Mix colors to create new shades and experiment with different combinations. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or try unconventional methods – that’s where true artistic discoveries are made!

Step 5: Admire and Preserve Your Masterpieces

Once your ice painting is complete, take a moment to appreciate your unique creation. Allow the artwork to dry thoroughly before displaying or preserving it. Consider framing your artwork or using a clear sealant to protect and showcase your frozen masterpiece.

Ice painting is an exciting and innovative art activity that combines the wonders of freezing paint with the joy of creating colorful works of art. It’s a fantastic way to beat the summer heat while engaging in imaginative and tactile exploration. So, gather your materials, let your creativity flow, and

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 18 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

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Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
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Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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