Icicle Painting for Kids

Practice creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills while learning about ice and snow with this Icicle Painting for Kids process art activity. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!

collage of icicle painting for kids images with text: Icicle Process Art Painting for KidsThis week we’re learning about Ice & Snow and our topics are Snowflakes, Snowman, Icicles, Igloos, and Freezing & Melting.

We explored snow dough, designed snowflakes, experimented with salt and ice, and made this easy Icicle Painting for Kids process art. So much fun!

child painting on blue cardstock
Icicles are formed when snow starts to melt and drip off rooftops or other ledges. They can grow in length by melting and then freezing again. The ends of icicles can be sharp and dangerous. 

Process art is so important for little kids. It’s not only a great way to get creative with your preschool and kindergarten learners, but it’s also a wonderful sensory experience.

painted aluminum foil on cardstock
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preschooler painting aluminum foil
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.

painted aluminum foil glued onto cardstock

Both the little guy and baby girl enjoyed this process art activity. And of course, painting on foil was so fascinating. The aluminum foil created a metallic effect and especially when we added paint in various shades of blue.

cardstock with blue paint and aluminum foil
What a unique and beautiful way to create winter process art, don’t you think?

Torn Icicle Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Foil
  • Background Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes

aluminum foil painted with blue paint
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the inspiration photo and additional prompts.

child removing aluminum foil from cardstock while creating icicle process art

  • How does paper look different when you tear it instead of cut it?
  • What technique will you use for making paper icicles?
  • What happens if you dip your finger in paint and shake it?
  • How does the paint drip off your finger?

painted and curled aluminum foil on cardstock

  • Notice the child’s fine motor skills when he cuts or tears the paper.
  • What did he say about his art?
  • How did he explain his artistic process?

Asking questions and/or reading aloud while little kids create process art is a great way to build early language and literacy skills.

icicle painting for kids using aluminum foil
Not only are you building your little learner’s vocabulary, but it’s also wonderful for improving communication skills. I remember when the little guy was a toddler and he walked over and said something to me about it being “frigid.”

At the time, I didn’t think much of it, but in hindsight, it made me realize that he’s definitely been listening all along.

Icicle Painting for Kids Process Art using paper, foil, and paintProcess art activities such as this one are the perfect opportunity to discuss weather words with your preschoolers and kindergartners and our conversation was an incredibly meaningful, real-life example of that.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our winter theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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