This summer we’ve managed to do a number of Pinterest-inspired activities from sensory bin exploration to DIY crafts — and most of these outdoors! My toddler can’t get enough of them, so I have to test my creativity each day.
In keeping with the sensory exploration theme, this week we decided to try those painting with ice activities I first heard via the Kids Activities Blog.
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
- 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.
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).
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.
I set up the “paints” and “canvas” out on the deck and let my son go at it.
He even decided to explore some body 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!
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?