I love doing arts and crafts projects with my preschoolers. Ice cube painting is one of our favorite activities; it’s a quick, easy, and inexpensive art project for kids, teachers, and parents alike. Ice cube painting can be done individually with your preschooler or in a group of children with a daycare, playgroup, or preschool class. Perfect in conjunction with a snow or winter theme, ice cube painting is also fun in the summer when the cubes melt very quickly. Preschool kids can paint with frozen paint, ice cubes and koolaid, or ice cubes over a marker design. This article describes all three easy art projects.
Supplies: non-toxic paint, Dixie cups, popsicle sticks, cookie sheets with sides, heavy paper or posterboard
Pour a small amount of non-toxic paint into small wax-lined disposable cups (Dixie cups). Ice cube trays can also be used, but I’ve discovered that the paint sometimes splashes too much when poured into the small spaces. I also don’t like mixing up different colors; I’ll leave that to the preschoolers! Let the paint freeze for about an hour. Insert a fat popsicle stick into the freezing paint to make handles and let freeze overnight. In the morning, you have popsicle paint! Line the cookie sheets with heavy art paper or posterboard. When the preschoolers are ready for the art project, peel off the cups. Kids can swirl the paint popsicles around on their art paper and create unique designs as the paint melts. Please note that children should be closely watched during this project; I don’t want any little ones to think their paint popsicle is an edible treat!
Koolaid Painting with Ice Cubes
Supplies: ice cubes, popsicle sticks, powered koolaid drink mix, cookie sheets with sides, heavy art paper or posterboard
This preschool art project is so easy and fun! Make ice cubes from plain water and insert a popsicle stick into each one before they are completely frozen. Line baking sheets with art paper. Let the kids sprinkle the powdered koolaid mix over their paper and paint with their ice cube pops. As the ice cubes melt, the children will be amazed to see vibrant colors emerging from the plain crystals. This easy art project smells good too!
Ice Cube Watercolors
Supplies: washable markers, heavy art paper or posterboard, ice cubes, popsicle sticks, cookie sheets with sides
Prepare ice cubes with popsicle sticks as done in the Koolaid Painting art project. Cut the heavy art paper to fit inside the cookie sheets. Give the children each a piece of paper and washable markers to create a drawing. Once they’ve finished creating their works of art, give the children each an ice cube popsicle. As they draw over their artwork with the melting ice cube, the preschoolers will be fascinated with how their marker drawing turns into a beautiful watercolor painting.