Yesterday the Thomas Family peas and I decided to try out a new craft: ice cube paint! This was fun and the kids enjoyed it…but let me give you one word of advice: don’t use black paint!!! You’ll see why at the end of the post.
What you will need:
ice cube tray
tempera (kid) paint
popsicle sticks (for stirring)
Add a small squeeze of paint to each section of the tray, I made two cubes of each color, and fill the rest of water. Stir the colors with a popsicle stick and add some glitter. Freeze the cubes and you are done!
You DO NOT need very much paint. On a few of my cubes, I think I put a bit too much paint and it got a bit too messy for my liking. An alternative recipe would just use water and food coloring. This would give a more “watercolor” effect.
The kids had a blast painting and it was definitely an OUTSIDE activity. When they got a little melty, I could just hose them down. All the colors washed away easily, except BLACK. The only reason I even did black was because Jacob usually likes it when he’s making Spider-man or drawing his trains. Next time I won’t!
So my three “real mom” tips:
1. Only a small squeeze of paint.
2. Paint outside.
3. Don’t use black! (see above example)
Next time, I will try the watercolor version. That one seems a speck less messy.