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Painting on Ice Sensory Art


Painting on Ice - Painting with Watercolours

We have been having a blast in the garden using ice as a canvas to paint on! We have been trialling different ways to add colour to the blocks of ice - paint sticks and watercolours!


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Painting on Ice - Painting with Watercolours


I am much more productive with our days at home as a family if I plan a few activities during the evening once all the noise has subsided. When my children are all wrapped up cosy in their beds and I have time to collect my thoughts and gather some ideas together, I find setting some things aside helps massively. 

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It doesn't always mean that I will use the activities the following day but they are there and ready to be used as and when needed.


Painting on Ice - Painting with Watercolours


For this activity I used some Pirex trays and Pirex casserole dish lids to create some large blocks of ice. I filled them up with water and popped them into the freezer over night.

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The following day we were all out in the garden playing and I grabbed them out of the freezer along with our stash of paint sticks and with very minimal set up and zero cost there was an invitation for creativity that the children just couldn't resist.

I wanted to use a see through container so the ice was as transparent as possible. This allowed for the beautiful vibrancy of the colours to really show brightly sitting on top of the ice. I loved the effect as the ice melted and the colours started to merge together.


Lets see this activity in action:



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Painting on Ice - Painting with Watercolours


When this activity had finished, I nipped inside with the ice blocks and swilled the ice off I the sink. This created a clear canvas again. 


Painting on Ice - Painting with Paint Sticks


I put them back in the freezer and later on in the day I put the paint sticks out with the ice. The children were right over and enjoyed using paint sticks just as much! 


Painting on Ice - Painting with Paint Sticks

The children grabbed their sticks and started to draw over their ice. Soon there were lovely patterns and swirls forming. So simple but so effective!

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Painting on Ice - Painting with Paint Sticks

The birds were tweeting away, the children were happy and content and it was such a lovely little moment we shared together. It kept them busy for a good 15 minutes or so.

I love their attitude towards art and creating.


Painting on Ice - Painting with Paint Sticks


When they came to finish the ice had began to melt. I did find that the paint sticks worked better with ice that had freshly came out of the freezer. Once i started melting quite a bit the colour didn't transfer over as well.  We tipped up the dishes and the patterns started walking, slipping and sliding over the ice. It was rather mesmerising.

A nice little activity to do with the children at home. Easy set up and low prep time, just what we need when times are busy at home. 


Lets see this activity in action:






A nice little activity to do with the children at home. Easy set up and low prep time, just what we need when times are busy at home. 

Lots of fun and I love how you can enjoy two different spins on this activity with just one lot of prep time. I personally find that art is a lovely way to come together as a family or group of friends. 

It's a lovely way to bring focus to your days and a great way to explore and experiment with new concepts.

Painting on Ice - Painting with Paint Sticks


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Ever since we were introduced to Little Brian Art Sticks they have remained my most favourite art resource. We have got through a handful of packs now since we first started using them around 3/4 years ago. They are perfect for quick and easy art with zero mess, super vibrancy and just beautiful outcomes.


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