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DIY Home Sensory Activity: Ice Painting

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

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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

Instructions


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.


Notes


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


Benefits:


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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