Thursday, 26 February 2015

Ice Painting

Ice painting is a great art activity for babies and toddlers, as well as older kids.  It's process driven and a great way of exploring colours. Little children will love the sensory experience of touching and investigating freezing and melting ice too.

Ice painting thats taste safe for babies toddlers and preschoolers. A perfect process art technique for a winter topic.

More winter crafts and activities

We loved using our bright primary coloured ice paints, but I was a bit worried about Daisy (6 months) using them as they were made from paint (and every thing goes in her mouth).  I made these using food colouring instead.  I love the watery effect and I didn't have to worry about them being unsafe for Daisy. 

Ice painting thats taste safe for babies toddlers and preschoolers. A perfect process art technique for a winter topic.

To make the ice paint sticks I filled small yoghurt pots with water and then mixed in a tiny bit of gel food colouring.  I put a lollipop in each pot and put them in the freezer. I left them overnight to freeze but a couple of hours should be plenty of time. 

Once the ice had frozen I took the ice paint sticks out of the yoghurt pots and we were ready to get painting. 

ice painting: art technique for toddlers and preschoolers

Daisy was delighted to be involved in this activity and couldn't wait to get hold of the ice paint sticks.

how to make taste safe ice paints

We had a great time painting and exploring what the ice felt like. 

Ice paint recipe.  A fun art techniques for toddlers and preschoolers

The ice paints made some really effective watery patterns.  

Ice painting.  Perfect for a winter topic.  Eyfs

Harry: age 3
Daisy: 6 months

I love the idea of just choosing two or three colours to work with. Which colours do you think you will use?

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  1. I love that the baby got to paint! May just have to try something similar with my little guy - I'm sure quite a bit of face painting will be involved ;)
    As for the number of colors to work with, I still often use just two or three colors even with my 4 year old, and it works really well. I love the blue and purple you used here - we recently made very pretty coffee filter hearts with those same colors.

  2. Did you just use paper to paint on?

    1. I did but card is better if you want to keep their artwork. The paper gets a bit soggy

  3. Hey! I love this idea as a sensory art work mashup! I want to try it in my toddler classroom I have just one question, did the dye stain your babies hands or clothes?

    1. It does, yes, so you will need old clothes/ aprons. You can get around the problem by using washable paints like we did here

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