Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Painting.... with Ice Cubes!

Today was a real scorcher, but the girls still wanted some outside play time (and of course some sort of art is aways a necessary part of our day). I had some very inexpensive "paint with water" books, but we thought it would be more fun to paint with ice cubes instead!!


If you're afraid of messy paint, this is the project for you! 


Since the ice cube melts relatively slowly, Clara was able to paint her picture nicely without dumping so much water on it that the pages tear. 


Next, we brought out the Aqua Doodle mats, but again painted with ice cubes on them. These mats are a wonderful mess-free way to enjoy painting and drawing!


Once the mat is covered in doodles, wait for it to dry, and then start drawing all over again!


Clara thought this was a great way to cool off!


They had so much fun, that I had to bribe them with homemade chewy granola bars to get them to go back in the house.


Stay cool, and have fun!!

27 comments:

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

this is great! i've been thinking lately about making some ice cubes filled with food coloring and then using that to paint on watercolor paper.

Just Breathe said...

Those are excellent ideas.

Rebecca said...

How fun! Did their little hands get cold?

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Rebecca -- On a day like today, no, but it was sooooo hot outside!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Childhood Magic -- I've never tried that. Let me know how it turns out!

MaryAnne said...

I've seen blog posts about using ice cubes with food coloring, but I really like your idea! We love our paint with water books AND our aquadoodle mats, and I bet my kids would LOVE this twist on both activities!

Laura said...

I love this fun and "cool" idea!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What fun! We just picked up a reuseable paint with water book - I'll keep the ice cubes for when the hot weather hits.

The Activity Mom said...

oooooh I've never thought about using ice cubes on the aquadoodle great idea!

Where did you find your inexpensive paint with water books? I haven't been able to find any here.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ The Activity Mom -- You can order them from Amazon, and I included a link in the beginning of the post, but you could just do a search for "paint with water" and they carry lots of them. Some are only $0.82! Have fun!!! My girls love paint with water books. :-)

Annette W. said...

These might be your best ideas yet!! (Or close.)

Megan said...

Valerie.... How fun! And a great way to keep cool. I'll have to look for some of these water color books..... I don't think I've seen them in a long time...

Anna said...

Completely unrelated to your post, but I love Emily's shirt! That fabric is too too cute.

Ticia said...

Hmmmm, and you add in some food dye and it'd be just like painting.

Cindy said...

You always have such great ideas! You brain must be working non-stop! You have beautiful little girls ~ what a joy!

Christy said...

This is going on my summer bucket list! Fantastic!

danita said...

fun! we sometimes put the pages outside when it's drizzling and let the rain paint for us!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Anna -- Thank you! She gets so many compliments on that shirt, and I'm pretty sure it came from Target. I wish they made them in my size!

@ Christy -- That makes me really happy!!!

@ danita -- I love that idea! :-)

Jenn said...

Thanks for the great ideas! Will do that this week with little one.

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

AWESOME! It's so hard for ER to use watercolor paints and she wants to so bad. What a great idea.

Abigail said...

Oh, The girls are so adorable! This is a great project for a hot summer day!
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Night Owl Mama said...

Awww what a great cooling off project My kids would just lick them. lol

Super Amazing Savings said...

That's a superb idea. I need to try this with my children because I always hate doing the messy water projects. And this will keep them cool while they do it outside. Great idea, thanks!

Success on ebay selling now said...

Wow ! how sweet those child . I remember my childhood just see them.

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is great. Anna's preschool camp had them paint with ice cubes made with coolaid which increased the fun factor even more. I love all the pictures and have a wonderful time in Vermont!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

I would think this idea to make your own "paint with water" would work with the ice... and I know I have a link to some sort of colored ice painting somewhere but I'll be darned if I can find it. Maybe it was Kool-Aid? Not a bad idea! I linked on my weekly roundup, thanks as always and hope you're having a super trip!

Bargain Mom said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much.
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