Ice Cube Painting

Toddler and Pre Prep Activity
Creative Play


Embrace the cold with chilly ice paint! Kids love to swirl the melting paint over paper, creating beautiful designs. They’ll practice their colour recognition and counting skills while observing paint going from a liquid to a solid and then back again.

What you need?

  • Ice cube/ice pop mould
  • Liquid tempera paint
  • Craft sticks
  • Butcher paper
  • Plastic wrap (optional)


1. Pour paint into ice cube tray.

2. Put a craft stick into the middle of each paint cube. If the sticks don’t stand up use some plastic wrap and poke them through.

3. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer and only remove when the paint is frozen solid.

4. Once the ice cubes are frozen you can take them out of the tray and start to paint.

Ice Cube Painting

Extension of the activity

  • Teach your child about mixing colours.
  • Freeze green and red paint cubes, and then let your child discover what results from using those colours together.
  • As they melt, the paints will magically mix into yellow!