Kids use an unexpected tool to make unique paintings.
This is what you’ll need:
- Watercolor paper (any other kind will get soggy and warped)
- Craft sticks
- Liquid watercolors
- Ice cube tray or small plastic or silicone containers (like a yogurt container)
- Eye droppers (optional)
- Aluminum foil
- Table salt
Step 1 – Make the ice cubes
Pour water into the ice cube tray. Only fill each compartment about halfway. Squeeze liquid watercolors into each compartment to fill the rest of the way and add color. Cover the ice cube tray with foil and poke a stick through the foil into each ice cube compartment. The foil will help keep the craft sticks relatively straight. Freeze until completely hard.
Connect: Have kids drop in the coloring themselves. Using eye droppers helps develop fine motor skills. Name each color that is used.
Step 2 – Paint!
Once the ice cubes are completely frozen, remove the foil and gently pop the cubes out of the tray. Give your child a sheet of watercolor paper (I like to set it in a cookie sheet to catch the drips). Encourage your child to make marks on the paper with the ice cube.
Connect: Discuss how the marks are made. At first, the marks will be light and barely visible. As the ice melts, the marks become brighter and more colorful. Have your child shake salt onto the ice cube to help it melt. Talk about the colors your child sees. Have your child feel the ice cube and discuss its temperature. This is a great activity for a hot summer day (do it outside) or a blustery winter afternoon (talk about the similarities between the ice cubes and the weather – Brrrr).