Friday, June 3

Ice Cube Painting {Rainbows}

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This was something new for us, painting with ice cubes. I froze LIQUID WATERCOLORS (filled the trays with water first, then added watercolors & stirred) overnight. I knew it was going to be hot day so the plan was to do this activity outside. I’ve seen this activity done plenty on paper but I wanted to try fabric. {If anyone offers you fabric of any kind for your day care/preschool, TAKE IT! I had a huge donation a couple years ago and I’ve used a lot of it for various activities.}
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Even though it was hot, it took a while for the ice to melt allowing lots of time to play with the ice.
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What I didn’t expect is the kids to play with the cubes making things like this:
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It soon turned to hoarding & stockpiling….a little arguing besides…
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All the while the cubes were melting on the fabric leaving pretty colors. After the center was wet we moved the fabric so the edges would get painted too.
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Then we hung it up on the clothesline to dry.
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It’s beautiful! I think we’ll use it right here in the summer, on the clothesline to play behind. There’s an area in this corner between the deck & the fence that the kids like to play in.
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Whoops, I didn’t realize it wasn’t cut straight on the end…
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What was left – it melted too fast for us to put it in the water table, but that was the plan.
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I thought this was an amazing fun activity! The kids {7 of them} were fully engaged and enjoying playing, kept cool, made a mess and made art all at the same time!