Paint with Ice Cubes

at home ice cube painting

At-home ice cube painting

Paint with Ice Cubes

Swirling, icy colors are a feast for your child’s senses in this activity celebrating creative expression. 

What You Will Need:

  • Ice-cube trays
  • Water
  • Small craft sticks
  • Plastic wrap or foil
  • Tray or cookie sheet
  • Paper
  • Tempera paint or food coloring

How to Prepare:

Gather the items listed. One or two days before you paint, have your child help you fill ice-cube trays with a mixture of water and tempera paint or water and food coloring, until a desired color is created. Stir each compartment in the ice-cube tray thoroughly. Cover the ice-cube tray with plastic wrap or foil. Insert one craft stick into each comportment of the ice-cube tray by poking a hole in the plastic wrap or foil cover. Place the ice-cube trays in the freezer.

What to Do:

On the day you plan to paint, remove the ice cubes from the ice-cube tray and place them on a tray or cookie sheet. Have sheets of paper ready to paint on. Then invite your child to paint in a fun and new away: with colored ice cubes! While your child paints, talk about how painting with ice cubes is different from other ways your child has painted, such as with brushes or by using his or her fingers.

If your child enjoys this activity, next time try making uncolored ice cubes and having your child dip the ice cubes in tempera paint then use the paint-dipped ice cubes to paint with.


  1. Stuff to do for the weekend. Thanks!

  2. More art for the fridge!

  3. Do you know if these paints stain? It sounds fun, just checking to make sure I have the right kind of coverage for my little girl.

    • Hi Kelsey, that’s a great question. I honestly don’t know for sure. I would run a test before you begin the process. All paints respond differently on different fabrics. Good luck and have fun! Regards, Traci

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