Monday, August 1, 2011

Painting with Colored Ice

This art activity allows for kids to experiment with mixing colors. I set out yellow, blue, red, and green food coloring along with an ice cube tray filled with water. I let T put in whatever color mixtures she wanted to experiment with. She really enjoyed watching the water turn different colors and seeing what color she could come up with. I gave her toothpicks to stir it with and then had her leave them in the hole to use later as a handle for painting.

After she was finished mixing the colors, we put the ice cube tray into the freezer.

Later that day, we took it out and I let T begin to paint with the colors she made.

I let her use both regular and watercolor paper. They both worked equally well.

We used food coloring for this activity but liquid watercolors would also work.

This was another fabulous art idea found in First Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by MaryAnn F. Kohl.


  1. So cute! Definitely trying this out! Thanks J!

  2. So fun! We make frozen towers in the winter, much like these! :)

  3. Great idea for adding the tooth picks! Some toddlers don't like touching the ice, so that's a perfect solution. You've been mentioned on this week's It's Playtime: Ice is Nice. Thanks for playing with us!

  4. WOW! What a great idea!

    I am so doing this with the kiddos!