This past Saturday we had our very first Messy Playdate in the Park of the summer season! It was a blast!! 15 toddlers + a whole lot of art sensory materials = an awesome time! In one hour the art teacher, Yoissy Thomas, exposes the children to so many sensory activities. From ice cube paints to paint slim and cornstarch paint. Pretty much all the “paints” were safe for little ones to eat, which I love since my son LOVES to put anything & everything in his mouth. (Check out some pictures below.) One of the activities we did was paint with ice cubes! This is a super easy activity to do inside & outside your home! In this fun activity, frozen cubes of paint provide your child with a cool new way to paint a masterpiece. I know a lot of us OCD parents are scared of “THE MESS” associated with sensory play but with a few tips here and there I guarantee you will be embracing the mess in no time!
- Ice cube tray
- Washable paint*
- Popsicle sticks (optional)**
- Baking Tray
- Tape or Blue Sticky Tac
*If your child is like my son, who puts anything & everything in his mouth, I recommend using food coloring instead of paint or fruit juices. However, if you are looking to achieve vibrant ice cube colors, washable paint is the way to go!
** I never put popsicle sticks in my ice cub paints. In our home, it encourages our kids to eat them, thinking they are our homemade popsicle ices. You can also put cut up straws or I have even seen clothespins
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
- Fill your Ice Cube trays 3/4 full with water.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to each segment.
- Mix it together well using the end of a teaspoon or a straw etc (If you are sticking some sort of handle to your ice pops. This would be where you need to do. Place a sheet of tin foil over the top of the ice tray and stick your popsicles through the top. The tin foil helps to keep the sticks upright.
- Place your concoction in the freezer over night.
- When frozen, pop all of your colored Ice Cubes out into a bowl (mainly because it looks so pretty).
- Get your paint on! I used a baking tray & blue tacked down some paper for the kids to create on when indoors. When we are outside the kids are in their bathing suits and I just let them go to town!