The Power of Parenting

Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Ice Cube Painting

Have you ever tried painting a picture using tinted ice cubes? This is a simple art activity that will encourage your child's creativity while you enjoy some Comfort, Play & Teach time together!


You will need:
  • Ice cube tray
  • Water
  • Food colouring or powdered paint
  • Paper
  • Tray
  • Smock to protect your child's clothes



  • Place a sheet of paper onto a tray.
  • If using ice cubes tinted with food colouring, place one or two onto the paper. Your child can grasp each ice cube and slide them around on the paper, creating patterns as the ice melts.
  • If using clear ice cubes and powdered paint, sprinkle two different colours of paint onto the paper so your child can observe what happens as the colours combine.
  • Comment on the way your child is painting (e.g., "Look at how you are making circles with the ice cubes!") or on the pattern he has created (e.g. "Your picture reminds me of falling snow!").


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort:Let your child know that you admire the artwork she has created. Knowing that you appreciate her efforts will build her self esteem and encourage her to explore her creativity even further.

Play:Making paintings using ice cubes helps your child to think about creative ways to make designs. What else can you experiment with? Try painting with feathers, pine cones, cotton swabs, crumpled tinfoil or other unusual items.

Teach:Painting with ice cubes introduces science concepts like freezing, melting and colour combining in a way that is simple and fun.