Ice Painting


This simple sensory filled art activity introduces teamwork, experimenting with color mixing and painting masterpieces with colored ice.


  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Ice tray

When ice is ready:

  • Watercolor Paper or any heavyweight paper
  • Small dish
  • Paintbrush



  • Pick one of the colors and place a drop or two into half of the squares on the ice tray.
  • Repeat this step with the other color.
  • Carefully pour the water into all the squares. Carry the ice tray to the freezer, let it sit for a day or two, to make ice!
  • When ice is ready, take the ice tray out of freeze and place a few ice cubes into the small dish. Let sit/melt and then invite your child to either hold their ice cube in their fingers and draw on the paper or use a paint brush to paint on the paper. Repeat with a new color or until you are done with your painting and watch as the colors blend on the paper.


This is a great activity for some backyard art! If you decide to paint indoors, protect your surfaces using a table cloth or letting up the activity in a large baking sheet.

If you think your child will have a hard time handling the ice, before you put the ice tray in the freezer, stick straws in the top of each section of the ice tray or popsicle sticks for easier handling.

When choosing colors, start with two primary colors to create a secondary color as the ice paint mixes on the paper.