Do you know how to make frozen paint with colors and how to use it?

This weekend we have done an activity with frozen paint! It is very fashionable, we did it at school, in all the blogs they teach different activities with frozen paint, so we were not going to be less.

I do not dilute the paint with water, directly, but at school they did mix it a little so that it was not so thick. To an ice bucket, a stick or anything with which you can then manipulate it … and voila !!

Painting, an activity highly required by children and that in this post becomes an experience. I propose a sensory activity that you can take advantage of by working more areas. An original way to develop creativity, design a poster to decorate and play individually and in groups. Be sure to see the beautiful and colorful results in the post.

The idea is very simple and the paint can be made from different materials that we have at home at the time.

It consists of filling an ice cube tray or pole molds with finger paint, adding a stick to hold them and then freezing it. It is also useful if we do not have finger paint, any other type of paint suitable for children that we can dilute in water, or food coloring, that is, the latter comes out worse from the skin and the idea is that we do not have children in multicolour mode. weekend.

If we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy a great garden or outdoor area, but if we have to do it indoors we must take certain precautions since the resulting paint once thawed will be quite liquid.

Well, once we have frozen our paint we will take them apart and leave them in a container with more ice to help them withstand cold most of the time. And now we just have to take out some cards or sheets to let our little ones unfold their artistic streak.

You can also try to paint your body and thus, the fun of the painting itself will add the sensation of ice running through the skin, surely the little ones love it. Of course, although they are suitable for children, it is better to ensure that they are not confused with flavored poles.

What we can work during the activity

You can do this task for fun, an original way to entertain yourself. But if you want, you can take advantage of it:

  • Make dynamics to learn or revise the colors: if they play in a group that one of the children names the colors that each one has to use, that the colors that appear on a dice are used, paint with shades based on metaphors (paint with the color of the sun, paint with the color of the sky …)
  • Learn the concepts of cold, hot, humid and dry:  for example, we paint with the cube that, ah, it’s cold! Touch the paint on the paper that is wet, what part of the paper is dry? that we do not paint is warm …
  •  Experiment with colors: for example, what happens if we mix the colors yellow and red?
  • We paint and review the shapes
  • We respect turns: it can be done by everyone, or if you want to encourage your children to wait their turn, do it this way. You can use the wheel of turns or name who is playing.
  • Encourage expression and interaction: either verbally, by gestures or pointing, that each child names the partner he wants him to paint and the color to use.

There are countless different techniques and materials that we can vary when drawing, painting or modeling. It is important to have a surface protected by a washable tablecloth and use old clothes so that we do not worry about disaster and simply enjoy the moment together.

Here we will show you a new option to surprise your little ones. We are going to paint with frozen colors. This technique is ideal for those little ones who don’t like getting dirty. The result is so attractive that very young children may believe that the paints are palettes (poles) and put them in their mouths, so it is important to reserve this activity for children 3 years and older.

The projects inspired by the process art or art process have step by step instructions, there is no right way or wrong way to develop the project (only limits basic as pulling the materials to the soil or eat the paint), the art of each child is unique and original, the experience is relaxed and the children are the owners of the art and creation process.

To make the ice paint you need:
  • cardstock sheets (thick)
  • Water
  • colored temperas
  • an ice tray/bucket
  • ice cream sticks
  • a dish
  • Fill the tray with water half or 3/4 
  • In each space of the ice tray put a color:  mixing the water with the tempera (half tempera, half water for intense colors, but with 3/4 water 1/4 tempera it also works)
  • Leave the tray in the fridge for about 30 minutes (if your fridge is super fast check the tray after 20 minutes)
  • Put a stick in each color . After 30 minutes the water should be turning into ice which is going to make the stick stand without help. If you let too little time pass, the water will not have hardened a bit and the ice cream stick will not be able to stand, and if you allow too much time, the water will have completely turned into ice and it will be impossible to put the ice cream stick.
  • Put the tray back in the fridge until the ice cubes are ready (I recommend preparing the ice cubes the day before the day you are going to use them)
  • Take the ice cubes out of the fridge just before you use them and put them on a plastic plate. Children can choose colors and make their own artwork.

With this activity you will expose the children to a new material, they will practice the colors, and you will review the concept of “cold”. In addition this is a “friendly” activity for children with Sensory Processing Disorder since thanks to the stick children can avoid getting their hands dirty or touching the ice.