Rainbow paintings made of ice. Surprising experiment for children

Rainbow paintings made of ice. Surprising experiment for children

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We know many drawing techniques that we can apply with boys and girls since childhood (stamping, finger painting, blowing, staining, clesography, etc.) thus generating their interest and taste for art, but what would it be like to draw with rainbow paints made of ice? Don't miss the most surprising, fun and different experiment for children ... using ice!

This activity does not have a predefined age, since all children will really enjoy painting with ice, a material that they will never have used for their drawings. You are going to love it!


  • Ice tray
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Cardstock or watercolor paper
  • Toothpick
  • Wooden sticks (optional)
  • Pipettes (optional)

Follow these simple six steps to carry out our activity.

1. We take the tray for ice and with the help of a pipette (if we want the children to help us in its preparation) we introduce water in each hole. We can also pour the water directly from the tap.

2. We pour a drop of food coloring in each cavity, if we want more intensity of color I recommend pouring 2 drops and for the mixtures, the same. For example: to obtain the orange color we add 2 drops of yellow and another 2 of red. We stir well with a toothpick of teeth so that the color is uniform and dissolves well.

3. We place the wooden sticks, one in each cavity, logically they will not be supported so we will leave them resting on the ice tray and they will be slightly crooked, but this will not imply any impediment or difficulty for the activity. In this way, children will be able to grab the colored ice.

4. We let chill in the freezer for a whole night.

5. We remove from the freezer and let rest so that it thaws a bit (only the essential thing to be able to remove the ice from the tray using the sticks) so we will get more color with which to draw.

6. When it has thawed a bit we can already draw on a cardboard or watercolor paper, They are materials that soak up the color well and do not break as is the case with foils that absorb all the water and the result is not the same.

Some details to keep in mind:

Step 2 can also be carried out by pouring the water into glasses and then mixing it with the coloring, to later pour it into the ice tray. I recommend it if you are going to do more activities with water and coloring, so you will save on this last material.

Step 3 can be skipped and drawn by picking up the ice cubes with your hands, but be careful! they melt quickly.

This simple activity contains many important aspects for the little ones.

- High sensory content
We develop and enhance the senses of sight and touch. It is a very visual activity thanks to its various colors, and the effect that occurs when painting with them. As for the touch, it is a new sensation for them, they will draw with something cold and slippery (in the case that they paint with their hands).

- Develop fine motor skills
Working eye-hand coordination, strength, and correct use of the hand.

- Conflict resolution
When you start to paint with the ice, the child will notice that it melts, so he will have to manage to paint with enough speed to give him time to finish his drawing as well as if he paints a lot on the same area he can end up breaking the support.

- Educational benefits
It can be a color review or learning activity, as well as learning to mix. We can explain concepts such as cold, wet, slippery, etc. in a real way. and compare it with its opposites.

I advise you that if you are going to carry out this activity with children under 4 years of age that you use food coloring to color the ice cubes (as in my case) since the little ones of this age they tend to put things in their mouths, this way you will be much calmer. If your children or students are older, you can use paint.

I encourage you to do this activity at any time of the year. The little ones and not so little ones will have a great time!