It is officially summer and the weather in Colorado is completely crazy. It has reached into the 90s some days with hail and flooding in the evening. Last weekend it was so hot! But we recently bought a little slide for the kids in our front yard and they love playing outside all the time.

Ice Painting with Gingerbread Men Ice Cubes

I remembered seeing a post from Wife Mom Geek recently about Ice Painting and I got inspired. I pulled out a silicon mold in gingerbread men shapes that we had bought at a yard sale. My preschooler and I filled the gingerbread men with water and added a few drops of food coloring.

I suggest adding about 5 or 6 drops if you’re making similar size ice cubes. We used about 2 drops and it didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on the paper. However the more color you have, the more mess you will have too! So you will have to decide.

Ice Painting with Gingerbread Men Ice Cubes

We made the ice cubes in the morning before the rest of the family was awake. By about 2 pm when it was nice and hot outside and my kids wanted to play after their nap, the ice cubes were frozen solid and ready for some painting.

I set up a patio table and a patio chair. I grabbed some white paper and placed the gingerbread men in a bowl. They started melting immediately in the hot sun! I was worried they would melt too fast but they definitely lasted long enough to play with – about an hour in the 80-90 degree heat.

Ice Painting with Gingerbread Men Ice Cubes

The ice cubes were so easy to pop out of the silicon molds. I love these molds for crafts. I also used similar molds to make crayons in the oven at Easter. They are so versatile! You can find some at Walmart.

My daughter started coloring with the ice cubes right away. They left some decent color at first but dried really light. That’s why I suggest adding more food coloring than you think you will need.

She made a mess with the ice and the water in the yard but she had a blast doing it. When my little 18 month old grabbed up the ice and stuck them in her mouth I didn’t even have to worry since they were completely safe to eat. This is definitely something we will be doing again this summer!

Ice Painting with Gingerbread Men Ice Cubes

You will need:

Silicon mold

Food coloring



Fill the molds with water

Add a few drops of food coloring

Stir the food coloring into the water

Freeze the ice cubes for a few hours

Pop them out of the mold and start painting!

Are you going to Enjoy the Here and Now this summer? Don’t just get through it – enjoy it and spend real quality time with your kids. This time will never come again, enjoy it while you can.

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9 Comments on Ice Painting with Gingerbread Men Ice Cubes

  1. Carolyn
    January 14, 2016 at 10:43 am (5 months ago)

    This would also be very cute with Dr. Seuss My Many Colored Days.

  2. Sonja
    July 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm (11 months ago)

    What a great activity to do with the kids on a hot summer day! Will pin this one for later. Thank you for linking up on the #HomeMattersParty linky.

    • Kristen Miller
      July 7, 2015 at 8:29 am (11 months ago)

      It is so fun!

  3. Lou Lou Girls
    July 5, 2015 at 10:08 am (11 months ago)

    I love this idea. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  4. Echo
    July 4, 2015 at 9:16 am (11 months ago)

    This looks like so much fun! We haven’t tried ice painting, but I think we will! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  5. Melinda
    June 30, 2015 at 9:13 pm (11 months ago)

    This is genius! Can’t wait to try it with my 2 yr old grand baby!
    Here from Sunday Features.

  6. Amber C
    June 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm (11 months ago)

    This is so fun! We live in AZ and this is great for the extra hot days!

  7. Becky B with Choose Happy
    June 26, 2015 at 11:14 am (11 months ago)

    This is SOOOO cool! My kids would LOVE this!!! Thank you 🙂
    Stopping by from the link up 🙂

  8. Sarah | Grounded & Surrounded
    June 26, 2015 at 6:30 am (11 months ago)

    WE just discovered ice painting this week when we were researching our Enjoy Water Roundup. We also discovered you can do the same thing with chalk and make ice sidewalk paint….super cool! Love the cute little gingerbread men…can’t wait to try this with our kids.


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