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ICE CUBE PAINTING [From: Color]
Written by: Lori Barry, Amanda and Lisa []

Age:

2-5 years

Activity Summary:

Little ones will experiment with colors as ice cubes are created from colored water.

What You Need:

•clear pitchers
•spoons
•water
•food coloring and/or tempera paint
•ice cube trays
•toothpicks and/or popsicle® sticks

What You Do - Idea #1 (from Lori Barry):

  1. Decide how many colors you would like to make and have pitchers of clear water ready.

  2. Have children observe the clear water, then add one color to each pitcher, observe the color changes.

  3. Have children pour the colored water into ice cube trays, trying not to mix colors unless you want a secondary color

  4. Place trays in freezer.

  5. Remove after frozen. Have children pop the colored cubes out.

  6. Observe the new texture and have them arrange the pieces like a rainbow then allow the children to play with the cubes.

What You Do - Idea #2 (from Amanda):

  1. Put water in ice cube tray
  2. Add food coloring and a toothpick to each container
  3. Freeze
  4. Remove when frozen
  5. Have the children paint with the diffrent colored ice and talk about how the ice turns from a solid to a liquid; talk about the primary colors - Red, Yellow and Blue.

What You Do - Idea #3 (from Lisa):

"I work with a group of 4 years olds and we tried the cube painting I found on this site. The kids loved it. I did things slightly different than you suggested. Instead of using food coloring in the water for the ice cubes I made a very liquidy mixture with powder tempera paints and froze it in the ice cube trays with popsicle sticks instead of tooth picks. The colors were much more vibrant and the popsicle sticks did not break when the kids pressed hard."

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