A Colorful Painting with Ice Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers

This summer, I’ve made it a priority to find the best outdoor activities and play ideas for our kids. Because making sure our toddler and preschooler can have fun right in their backyard is super important.

One toddler activity (also safe for baby) we stumbled upon was ice painting. What a clever way to help little ones get creative with colorful art and cool off at home!

We decided to use homemade ice pops and let them create a fun piece of art. That way if they wanted to give it a little taste, I’d know it’s be perfectly fine (as all little kids tend to do when learning).

This painting with ice toddler activity, is a bit messy but so much fun!!


I thought this was such a fun way to let my toddler cool off from the heat while exploring his artistic side, so we took it a step further and added our favorite kid-friendly ingredient, Kool-Aid!

Here’s what we used:

  • Colored packets of Kool-Aid
  • Ice cube trays
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cups
  • Spoon
  • Scissor
  • Poster board

Here’s what we did:

I used several colors of Kool-Aid packets mixed in with water to create the assortment of colors for painting: red, green, orange etc. I only used a few colors here, but you can create more vivid and additional colors by simply combining them.

ice tray colors

After the colors were transferred to an ice cube tray (purchased at the dollar store), I covered the trays with plastic wrap.  This plastic wrap is the secret to getting your popsicle sticks to stay in place! (Note: I’ve seen other blogs use toothpicks as well, but decided on sticks simply because I wanted them to be more durable).

plastic wrap ice tray pic

I also halved the popsicle sticks before inserting through the plastic and carefully placed the mixture into the freezer overnight.

The next day, we were ready to paint! I unwrapped the tray of ice and carefully removed each cube.

ice freeze

I set up the “paints” and “canvas” out on the deck and let my son go at it.


painting toddler

ice painting for summer

He even decided to explore some body art ;)!

ice art


Of course at one point he just wanted to suck on the pops…luckily I made them a bit too sour for his liking so he decided to use them for what they were meant for this time!

eating ice art

Here’s the final look!! This was such a perfect activity to stay cool under the sun as we round out our favorites before summer’s end!


Have  you ever tried painting with ice? How did it go?Let your toddler try a colorful, taste-safe painting with ice art activity! A fun way for kids to cool off outdoors this summer.

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  1. Oh I love this idea! Totally trying it this week 🙂
    Tricia recently posted…Lovely Little Things, 28My Profile

  2. Amazing idea! I’m going to Pin it to my Sensory Activities board!
    Jennifer recently posted…Back to Basics: Learning Size and CapacityMy Profile

  3. What a fun idea and a great way to cool off here in Florida. I like that you dont have to worry if they put it in their mouth because it is not harmful. It looks like they had a great time.
    Maggie Anders recently posted…It’s The Balm Review and GiveawayMy Profile

  4. what a great idea, This is so so cool
    Terri recently posted…Marriage Tip #3My Profile

  5. What a cool idea! This looks like a blast. Thanks for stopping by to share on our Facebook page today. I just pinned and will be sharing on Facebook too! Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Heather recently posted…Click and Chat Social Media Link Up #22My Profile

  6. So much fun! I wish we had made smaller ones like you when we did this activity 🙂
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  7. This has got to be the most ingenious idea I’ve ever heard. Thanks so much for sharing! It’s always nice to have easy and non-toxic for our precious babies!! Awesome!!

  8. What a creative idea! I’m going to pin this so I remember to do it with my son. It’s a perfect activity for summer.
    Tricia the Good Mama recently posted…A Fall To-Do ListMy Profile

  9. What a “cool” idea! I’ll have to try this when the heat wave comes again. Thanks for sharing!
    Pamela L (Rookie Parenting) recently posted…10 Parenting Tips – How To Be A Good ParentMy Profile

  10. What an awesome idea! This looks like so much fun. I bet even my older kids would have a blast doing this. Great post!
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  11. We tried this with paint, but I love the Kool-Aid idea – must have smelled awesome!
    Emma @ P is for Preschooler recently posted…Recycled Magazine Butterfly CraftMy Profile

  12. This is such a wonderful idea! I want to try it out myself. Just making a promise not to drink Kool-Aid ever.
    Joanna Sormunen recently posted…The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19My Profile

  13. What a fun activity! My kids will love this!

  14. What a great idea. I am going to share with my daycare friends.
    Tamara recently posted…Changing the Toilet Paper Will Not Cause Brain DamageMy Profile

  15. I love this idea ! Genius ! And I imagine it really keeps your toddler busy, if not by painting then by eating ! 🙂
    Joanna recently posted…Bewitching Projects Link Party #7My Profile

  16. This is perfect for a hot day! I can definitely see the temptation in wanting to eat the ice cubes.
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  17. I’ve done this with my older two, and can’t wait to do it with my youngest!! I’m pinning, so my new mommy friends can try it!
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  18. This is awesome! I plan on doing this with my much, much older daughter 🙂


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