Ice Cube Painting

If you’re looking for a fun summer kid activity, you need to try ice cube painting! It’s so easy to prepare and perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day like today.


  • Ice cube tray
  • Food colouring
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper

All you have to do is fill your ice cube tray with water and add in a few drops of food colouring in each cube, then add in a popsicle stick in each cube and let the freezer do the work! You can pop this in the fridge in the morning and have it ready for an afternoon activity.

I offered this to Peanut with some watercolour paper, and voilà! I got a happy toddler on my hands excited to start experimenting with a cool art medium (pun intended 😉 ).


  • It’s best to use card stock paper or watercolour paper if you want to keep the artwork afterwards as they can handle water better than regular paper
  • You can change the colour intensity by varying how much food colouring you add. I find 4-5 drops per cube will give a vibrant colour, whereas a little less will give pastel colours.
  • If you want your popsicle stick to be upright, let the ice cubes freeze for 30 mins or so before putting in the popsicle sticks. This made no difference for my little artist’s creative process though.
  • The food colouring may stain clothing and hands, I learned this the hard way…

Kids always seem to find interesting ways to play. At one point, Peanut started making colourful drops onto the paper, then moved on to prying the ice cubes off the sticks. Eventually, Peanut threw all the ice cubes in her water table to watch them dissolve while gasping at the sight of the reaction.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching her discover ordinary things…

Thanks for reading and happy creating!



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[…] A fun and easy outdoor activity that my daughter loved this summer was painting with spray bottles. It doesn’t require much set up and clean up is a breeze. This was a nice change from the regular-sized painting projects we’ve done, such as the salt and watercolour painting and ice cube painting. […]