Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Painting with Ice

Normally I would do these activities outside, but since it is so hot here (think surface of the sun hot-seriously we are 101 with a heat index over 110) our ice would have melted too fast.

We started by using watercolor pencils to draw our scences on paper. (Be sure you use watercolor paper or other thick paper.) Then, we took a simple, plain ice cube and rubbed it over the drawings. The melting icecube blended our pencils beautifully! (There's an icecube under that little hand.)
Next, we borrowed an idea from Chasing Cheerios and made icecubes using food coloring and water (we froze straws inside for handles). We used a piece of white cardboard and painted away with our popsicle paintbrushes. Of course, M had to paint herself as well, and since food coloring stains we'll have a rainbow baby for a few days!

Both kids enjoyed these ice paintings, and it was a nice change from our usual brushes and water!


  1. Great idea! We are going to add that to our list of things to do to beat the heat.


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