Summer Crafts Series: Painting with Ice Cubes

This is the second post in a series of posts on summer crafts. This is a great one for combining art and outdoor play and it is applicable to most age groups.




  • Heavy paper (ex. Construction paper)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Ice cube tray
  • Washable non-toxic paint
  • Optional: muffin tin to separate paint after the fact


  1. NOTE: the following instructions are taken exactly from the source site below in order to preserve the directions.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon washable kids paint with 1 teaspoon water in each space in the ice cube tray.
  3. Place wooden popsicle stick in each space in your filled ice cube tray.
  4. Place your ice cube tray of paints in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until frozen.
  5. Once frozen, remove ice paints from cube tray and place in an old muffin tin.
  6. On a nice day cover a tabletop surface or sidewalk with heavy white craft paper.
  7. Set your muffin tin full of ice paints alongside your heavy duty craft paper and let children get creative.
  8. Safety note: make sure younger children do not attempt to put the paint cubes in their mouths.



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