Make some amazing, vibrant frozen ice paints for summer fun and creativity outdoors! Perfect for combining cool down time and creativity this summer!
We are always on the look out for more fun ways to get creative and especially for activities that suit the range of ages of the kids (currently 3, 6, 8 and 9 years old.) This was a winner!
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How to make frozen ice paints
OK, I guess here is where I confess to this being the easiest, lowest prep art activity ever! Simply squeeze a little ready mix or powder paint in a range of bright colours into the holes of a large muffin tin, top up with water and mix together thoroughly until the colour is combined and bright. Try using a toothpick to mix so that you don’t stain your hands.
Then quickly pop the tray into the freezer before the paint and water separate and leave until frozen solid.
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When they’re ready to use simply pop them out onto some large sheets of paper in a sensory table or on the floor and try making marks with them!
The kids have to work fast before they start melting, but actually the colours blend best when the melting process has started! It’s so much fun for a hot day 🙂
In many ways this is more about the sensory experience of handling icy paint blocks than the art that is produced, although the colours did create some beautiful effects too! Once dried they made wonderful abstract art works which could be collaged over or used to make more art too.
As with our frozen ice blocks sensory play, they enjoyed trying to break down the ice as they used it. chipping away with spoons and smooshing it into the paper as it began to melt.
If you’re looking for another type of DIY outdoor paint then try our sidewalk chalk paint recipe! It’s really satisfying to make and to paint with, makes vibrant street art on the patio and then washes off just as easily! In fact my kids used it as body paint too and loved the freedom it gave them to be so creative! They then jumped in the paddling pool to get clean! That’s a whole afternoon of summer play and art sorted for you!
These DIY spray chalk paints are another variation and LOTS of fun too!
If you loved these frozen ice paints then please do share them on social media and tell your friends about The Imagination Tree too! I love to read your comments and see your trying out our activities too. Thanks!
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