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Friday, September 18, 2009

Ice Painting

Painting is always a fun activity for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. I'm not always a huge fan of the mess, though.

My toddler loves to play with ice. She is fascinated by it. When I was looking through The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner, I found Ice Cube Painting. I didn't have the recommended tempera paint, nor was I ready to deal with that kind of mess. I also needed a 5-10 minute activity.

So, this is what we came up with:

Materials Needed: Ice cubes (You can even take a Popsicle mold or Ice Cube tray and stick and freeze them with popsicle sticks in them), Paint With Water book, baking sheet with a small lip on it, blanket/towel, small bowl to put ice in.


1. Place towel on the floor. For older children this may not be necessary. However, with my toddler, she has to keep this activity on the towel.

2. Put the cookie sheet down, tear out one Paint with Water page.

3. Instead of painting with the paintbrush, let them paint with the ice cube. Have fun!

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