Ice Painting Activity

by Ms. Margaret, Primary 3

Description: Make colorful ice that can be used for creating a masterpiece!

Goal: Have a sensory experience and make something beautiful while exploring color mixing. 


  • Ice cube tray
  • Water
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolor
  • Heavyweight paper
  • Paintbrush


  • Put a drop or two of food coloring or liquid watercolor into each compartment of your ice cube tray. 
  • Fill with water, place in the freezer, and allow ice to set. 
  • Invite your child to paint directly with the cubes of ice, or put on paper and mix the colors around with a paintbrush as they melt. 
  • Invite your child to help pack away once finished.

Here I am making an ice painting of some mountains!


If you’d like, you can add a “handle” into each cube by covering the tray with foil before it sets and poking a straw or popsicle stick through. 

Account for some mess! This activity would be best done outside or in a large pan to avoid water and paint on the table. 


Taping the paper down helps keep it from ripping once wet.