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Ice-Painting with the Children

Life With Our Wild Ones

Hey Everyone! 

Since working from home more & more and having the twins sporadically in and out of daycare, I find that I have been spending so much time at the end of each day scrolling through Instagram, Facebook and Pintrest looking for fun activities that will entertain the kids so I can attempt to get some work done the following day. Anyone else feel this?

There are so many great Instagram accounts out there that I am inspired from. My dad’s wife is also constantly sharing toddler arts & crafts ideas that she stumbles across on Facebook with me.  I love looking at lots of different pages and getting new ideas of fun sensory activities to do with my little people. I’m not going to lie though I think I find these activite’s just as much fun as what they do most of the time. 

Millie and Ollie LOVE painting. Its so funny watching them concentrate and seeing how excited they get when they create a new picture or when they mix a whole lot different colours together. They look up and say “Oooohhhh pretty picture” and you can see it in their faces how incredibly proud of themselves they are.

As they love painting so much I started googling different styles of painting and came across Ice Cube Painting. As soon as I found this I loved the idea and I knew that Millie and Ollie would love it too. Such a great idea and super easy to set up.
To make ice cube paints you will need:
  • Ice Tray
  • Food Colouring (if you don’t have food colouring you can also use watered down paint)
  • Paddle Pop Craft Sticks (or tooth picks)
  • Water
  • Aprons (I cannot stress this one enough, lol)
How to make ice cube paint:
I recommend doing this the night before to give the ice cubes time to set. Add about 10 drops of food colouring into the ice cube tray sections. You can add more food colouring if you would like a darker colour. Keep it in mind though that the colour will melt and may temporarily stain hands and any other body part your child decides to paint. Top up ice cube tray sections with water. Use craft paddle pop stick to mix each colour and leave the stick in the tray to use as a handle for the paint. I used a bigger deeper ice cube tray so i could just rest the stick in and freeze but you could also cover the ice cube tray with cling film and poke a tooth pick through to hold the stick up ensuring the handle doesn’t fall out. 

Lets get ready to paint!
Once paint is set the ice cubes should pop out of the ice cube tray rather easily. If not run some warm water over the bottom of the tray and they should pop out. I drew a little picture on a piece of paper so that they would have something to colour in.
TIP – Don’t make the same mistake I did and not put an apron on the kids prior to letting them loose with the paint! 
Millie and Ollie really loved this unique painting experience. They loved mixing the colours together and understood the sense of urgency to paint as the ice cubes started melting. The really loved touching the ice cubes and telling each other that the paint was very cold. 

This was such a fun sensory paint activity. It entertained the kids for quite some time and they really enjoyed using their imagination and creating their ice cube paintings. I highly recommend trying this with your little people!! If your keen to check out and follow some instagram pages for more ideas, some of my absolute faves are @the.bored.toddler, @activelittles, @play_at_home_mummy and @ecocraftkids. 

Feel free to share your fave in the comments! Have a wonderful week, Chelsea x

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