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DIY Home Sensory Activity: Ice Painting

Updated: Aug 24, 2021


Prep time: 2 minutes

Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Estimated Cost: 20 AED

Mess level:

Age: 2 plus

What you need

  • Wooden sticks

  • Ice tray

  • Water

  • Cornflower

  • Food colouring


Mix cornflower and water to make some colored ice cubes and add stick, freeze and then allow your little ones to paint their imagination on a paper.


The ice paints work really well on kitchen foil, as the melting paint blocks feel satisfyingly slippy and slidey as they melt.


It gives children the opportunity to explore colour mixing, patterns and feel the texture of the slippery, cold, wet paint.

You can also talk about the science behind ice - discuss changes that happen and why. This activity is also great for developing fine motor and gross motor skills and control

Ways to adapt:

  • You can use this idea of frozen paint to explore color mixing. Make blue, red, and yellow ice cubes, and observe which colors are created as they melt and mingle.

  • You can even try creating ice sculptures. Freeze larger blocks of colored ice and use them to build upwards, creating tall structures.

  • Mix in glitter to make glitter paint.

  • Add other objects to freeze.

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