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Explore the Elements: Ice Cube Painting

Winter, spring, summer, fall. This activity can elevate any season by combining science, art, nature, and messy play! Perfect for children under 10, this activity is simple, yet encourages meaningful and exciting exploration.

We had such a blast exploring how the colours mixed. We watched the paint cubes melt, experimented with water and ice, and some of us even tried using our sense of taste because our paint cubes were food safe!

Give it a try at home and share results on instagram with #creativeseedsprojects



  • Food colouring or Liquid Watercolour Paint

  • Watercolour Paper

  • Popsicle Sticks

  • Various Ice cube trays


  1. Mix various colours of paint or food colouring with water, and fill ice cube tray. Fill separate sections with assorted colours for more variety.

  2. Add popsicle sticks to each ice cube section.

  3. Freeze for 3-5 hours depending on the size of your ice cubes.

  4. Remove from freezer and enjoy painting!


  • Use food colouring if you want food safe ice cubes, use liquid watercolour if you want an easier clean up!

  • Use different sizes and shapes of ice cubes for variety in your painting

  • Dip ice-cubes in a cup of water to blend water colours better.

  • Enjoy this activity outside during any season for easiest clean up!

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