I have seen this easy to put together painting/sensory activity floating around this summer and had to try it for ourselves! With our summer sweets and treats theme in full swing, I figured this was the perfect time to give it a “swirl”!
Craft/Activity: Paint “Popsicles” (NOT edible)
Objective: Create frozen paint “popsicles” for your child to use freely on paper
Skills Utilized: learning liquid/solid concept, color mixing, fine motor, patience
Materials: ice cube tray, paints (I used Crayola washable paints and added a tiny bit of water), popsicle sticks, paper
First, pour your paints into the ice cube tray. I added a little bit of water and had Maddy mix them in. We also practiced color mixing since we were dangerously low on paint (we have since replenished our supply, thank goodness!) and we HAD to have pink!
Insert the popsicle stickers into the paint and pop them in the freezer. I left them in for about 5 hours.
Get painting! Remind your child these are not popsicles to eat.
Madeline had such a wonderful time doing this. We let them sit for a few minutes to melt slightly so they went over the paper more smoothly. She did 5 papers worth!
I had a little fun painting myself!
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Experiment freezing different kinds of paints (acrylic, tempera, etc).
- Using your paint popsicles, mix the colors to create new ones.
- Try painting (use washable paint!) outside with your paint popsicles on the sidewalk on a hot day.