DIY Activity of the Month - Ice Painting

Ice Painting - DIY Craft Activity For Kids

With the warmer months fast approaching, we’ve devised a fun and cool sensory activity – Ice Painting. It’s so simple to prepare and they will love creating vibrant colours and mixing them to make new colours.   

This fun and easy activity has so many benefits for children - they can mix colours together to make new colours, learn about urgency because of the melting paints and even aid in the development of fine motor skills by using the toothpick as a handle.

Ice Painting


  • ice cube tray
  • water
  • food colouring
  • cling wrap
  • toothpicks (or craft sticks) 

Making The Ice Paints:

  1. Add 8 – 10 drops of food colouring into each of the ice cube tray sections (the more colouring you add the darker the paint will be).
  2. Add a small amount of water to each section of the tray and use a toothpick to mix together the water and the food colouring. Be careful not to mix the colours!
  3. Once you have the coloured water prepared, very carefully wrap the whole ice cube tray in cling film – twice.
  4. Carefully poke a small hole through the cling film and add half a toothpick to each section, this will act as a handle for the paints.
  5. Freeze for 24 hours.
  6. Remove the ice paints carefully, by sitting at the bottom of the ice cube tray in warm water. Do not twist the tray, as you would normally do to remove ice, as doing that will likely crack your ice paints.

That’s it - it’s painting time!  Once you have everything ready, get your children prepared with a smock, a large sheet of paper and a cloth, which is recommended as they can use it to wipe their hands.

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