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
- 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?
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.