Our summer ice cube painting is sure to leave your kiddos feeling refreshed and proud of their creative mind. This activity is super easy and requires simple art materials that you probably already have lying around. See how many different colors can be used and combined to create new colors!

– Life Over C's Ice cube painting summer art for kids.

Recommended Grade Level:

Summer Ice Cube Painting Supplies:

  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Water
  • Bin
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrush
  • Small bowl of water

My kids love summer, mostly because they get to spend so much time outside playing. Between the trampoline jumping, bicycle riding, and tree climbing, they usually need to cool off often. Popsicles are great, but how about being able to get cool and create something while doing it.

Process Art in Preschool

process art vs product art


Process art, such as ice painting, is a great way to get kids to focus on creativity, hands-on experiences, and sequencing.

Our children can come up with so many different process art ideas. Encourage children to use their creative minds and take their time on what they are making. When painting ice cubes you can ask some of the following questions:

  • What makes ice melt?
  • Why do we put the tray in the freezer?
  • What is the difference between watercolor paints and food coloring?
  • What other art projects can we make using ice?
– Life Over C's Use the watercolor paint pallet to paint the ice cubes different colors.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Complete Process Art Activities?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Creating and using their imagination can bring about many developmental benefits.

Fine Motor Skills

Whether your child is using a paintbrush, ice cube, or their fingers, painting can strengthen fine motor skills. These skills include dexterity and coordination

Problem Solving

Making choices and evaluating decisions is a big part of process art. What color will look best for this flower? How can I make my house with different shapes? Brainstorming is a great concept that comes out of creating art.

Social Connections

Children can share experiences and commonalities just by creating art together. Our kids don’t need to speak the same language, be the same age, or from the same culture to understand art.

Connecting Math

Math concepts are found everywhere in art. Can you find the shapes in the boat you made? What patterns do you see in this drawing? How could we sort the different animals in this photograph?

How To Make Ice Cube Painting:

How To Make The Summer Craft For Kids

Step One:

Fill the ice trays with water and freeze. Once frozen, place the ice cubes into a tray.

– Life Over C's Bin of ice cubes, paint pallet, and glass of water.

Step Two:

Use the watercolor paints and small bowl of water to paint the ice cubes! Try painting the cubes a variety of different colors.

– Life Over C's Begin painting ice in desired colors.

Step Three:

Watch the water melt along the way and repaint as often as desired.

– Life Over C's Painting ice different colors.

Extend the Activity:

Snow Painting

Let’s skip ahead to winter. This great activity can also be used when the snow starts falling. Check out our Snow Painting Activity.

Star Ice Painting

Another great way to cool down in the summer is to create star ice paintings. Perfect for the fourth of July while waiting for the fire works.

Lemon Painting

After making lemonade use the leftover lemons to create a painting masterpiece. Check out the Summer Lemon Painting available on our website.

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– Life Over C's Ice cube painting summer art for kids.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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