Ice paints are a great way to create art on a hot day and they are super simple to make. To make them, gather an ice cube tray, Popsicle sticks and food coloring. Non-toxic children's paint would work as well.
Fill the ice cube tray with water and add food coloring. The more food coloring that you add, the more vibrant the colors will be. If you are using paints, add them first, then add water.
Continue this process to create a palette of colors. We enjoyed the process of blending colors to make different colors.
Place the tray in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes before you add the Popsicle sticks. The Popsicle sticks may not all stay upright, especially if the ice cube tray cavities are not completely filled with water. At trick to keep the sticks upright is to cover the tray with tinfoil and with a sharp knife, cut slots for the Popsicle sticks.
Keeping in mind that the paints will melt quickly on a hot day, create your painting space. Since we live in an apartment, we placed a couple of pieces of paper at the bottom of a plastic tub and painted on our veranda. If you are planning to paint on grass or the sidewalk, you could use a baking tray to hold your paper.
Remove the ice paints from the tray.
Watch your little one swirl the paints around the paper to create unique designs. We used thick watercolor paper since the effect is very similar to paining with watercolors.
My daughter loved watching the colors blend to create new colors. She had quite a bit of control over the paint sticks, but since they melted so quickly, there was also an element of surprise.
After Sophia was done painting, she left the paints to melt on a sheet of paper. We made placed a new sheet of paper on top of the melted paints to create paper prints. What a gorgeous gift to give to grandma!