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.
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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.
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.
Daisy was delighted to be involved in this activity and couldn't wait to get hold of the ice paint sticks.
We had a great time painting and exploring what the ice felt like.
The ice paints made some really effective watery patterns.
Harry: age 3
Daisy: 6 months