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.
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.
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.
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!
You will need:
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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