Coloured Ice Play!

I mentioned a few days ago about using coloured ice to enhance snow sensory experience. But did you know you can also use them to create some pretty cool art? All you need are a few materials that you probably already have around the house:
-coloured ice cubes
-paper towel
-container to hold the ice cubes (so they don’t slip onto the floor)
-an old t-shirt

Again, I cannot stress that food colouring stains!! So before your child starts the activity (unless you have excellent stain removal skills), put them in old clothes. Or better yet, let them do it naked. I often let my kids do art activities in their undies, as it gives them another sensory enhancement. They make pretty silly faces when paint or other materials end up on the tummies! Also make sure you are doing the activity somewhere not near carpet, as it will stain the carpet if it falls on the floor.

So let’s make some art! It really is a simple activity! Put the coloured ice cubes in the container, and place a paper towel in front of your child. Encourage them to put the ice cubes onto the paper towel, and watch what happens. Is it melting? Is the paper towel changing colour? Talk about what is happening.

After the ice cubes have been sitting for a while, mix them up! Put a red cube where the blue was, or the yellow where the red was. Talk with your child what you think is going to happen, and then wait! After a minute or two, remove the ice cube and see the colour changes! You can repeat this over and over, and watch as your paper towel slowly turns from a boring old white, to a mosaic of colour! You can also make designs by using the ice cube as a pen, and dragging it across the paper towel.

This activity is great because:

  1. Children learn to develop hypothesizes. They are working on early science skills as they try to guess what will happen when they place the ice cubes on the paper towel.
  2. It enhances their language vocabulary as you talk about what is happening together. They’ll be so excited to tell you about their discoveries, and will be learning when you explain the process.
  3. Colour recognition. I tend to use the primary colours when I do an art activity. This helps children learn what colours make what. They will be so excited to share their discovery that blue and red make purple, and will remember it much better than if we tell them. Children learn best from hands on experiences, not by us telling them what to do.

My wonderful helpers are teaching the sign for cold. Bring your two fists upright, and shake them! Easy as that! Ignore their coloured faces, they wanted to taste test the ice 😂

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