Ice Painting for Little Kids

Check out this awesome Ice Painting activity! Talk about something quick & easy to do with your little kids that’s perfect for a hot summer day! Don’t forget to add it to your next preschool science theme or STEAM center!

The little guy and I did a really fun Ice Painting Invitation to Create Process Art Experience today. It was a blast!

collage of ice painting images with text: Ice Painting STEAMTalk about a quick & easy activity that’s perfect for a hot summer day! And trust me, we’ve had a lot of those lately!

child holding purple ice cube for ice painting process art
We started Science Lab this week, y’all! This is seriously my favorite theme like ever. If you’re interested, you can check out all of the awesome stuff that we did the first time around here.

child reaching for blue ice cube
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

colored ice cubes on plastic tray for ice painting activity
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

red ice cube on cardstock

Ice Painting for Little Kids

What you’ll need

blue ice cube on cardstock
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • The night before, put colored water in the muffin tray and freeze. Set out the ice and additional materials on the table. Invite children to paint pictures with the ice.

child painting with yellow ice cube
Prompts

  • Which color ice will you paint with?
  • How does the ice feel?
  • What happens when the ice melts on your paper?
  • How does it look?
  • What does your painting remind you of?
  • Will you frame your picture?

child painting with colored ice on cardstock
Observe

  • Did the child explore and describe physical properties of the materials?

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child holding colored ice cube
We did all of our other schoolwork today before we got started with this activity. And for a good reason! You know what they say, right? Save the best for last. And we definitely did just that.

colored ice cubes slowly melting onto plastic tray
The little guy and I were both ice painting. Lol… and of course we both had a lot of fun. What more could you ask for?

purple ice cube melting on plastic tray and mixing with other colors

If you’re using this activity to teach your little kids about colors, then definitely check out The Usborne Big Book of Colors* via Usborne Books & More! We have it and of course love it!

blue and green ice cubes melting on plastic tray
Look how beautiful the colors are!

closeup of ice painting process art
finished ice painting process art STEAM activity
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Science Lab theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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