Thursday, 26 February 2015

Taste Safe Ice Painting

Ice painting is a fun art idea for babies and toddlers and older kids will love it too!  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.

Taste safe ice painting. An easy and fun painting idea for kids.  Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will love this fun process art technique. Great for winter projects, learning colours, exploring freezing and melting or for playing with outside in the summer.

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Harry (aged 3) 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 taste safe ice paints using food colouring instead.  I love the watery effect and I didn't have to worry about them being unsafe for Daisy. 




You will need:


  • Small pots (we used yoghurt pots)
  • Food colouring (we used wilton gel food colouring)
  • Water
  • Craft sticks
  • Card or paper



Ice Painting


To make the ice paint sticks fill small pots with water and then mix in a tiny bit of gel food colouring (we used yoghurt pots).  Put a craft stick into each pot and then put them in the freezer. The ice paints will take a couple of hours to freeze.

Once the ice has frozen take the ice paints out of the pots and you are ready to get painting. 

TIP: If you are struggling to get the ice paint sticks out of the pots run the pots under warm water.


Taste safe ice painting.  A fun art activity idea for babies toddlers and preschoolers. Kids will love exploring freezing and melting.

I would recommend painting on card or thick paper. Hand the ice paint sticks to your child and let them have fun exploring the different painty effects that they can create. As these paints are made from just water and colouring you don't have to worry about babies and toddlers putting them into their mouths.

Taste safe ice painting. An easy and fun painting idea for kids.  Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will love this fun process art technique. Great for winter projects, learning colours, exploring freezing and melting or for playing with outside in the summer.

Daisy (6 months) loved this activity. She couldn't wait to get hold of the ice paint sticks. We had a great time together painting and Daisy loved exploring what the ice felt like. 

The ice paints made some really effective watery patterns.  

Taste safe ice painting.  A fun art activity idea for babies toddlers and preschoolers. Kids will love exploring freezing and melting.


Daisy: 6 months

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6 comments:

  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.

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  2. Did you just use paper to paint on?

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

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  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?

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    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 http://www.messylittlemonster.com/2015/01/ice-painting-easy-art-techniques-for.html

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