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.
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!
Recommended Grade Level:
Summer Ice Cube Painting Supplies:
- Ice Cube Trays
- Small bowl of water
Process Art in Preschool
process art vs product art
PROCESS ART IS ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS THAT IT PUT INTO MAKING THE ART. PRODUCT ART IS ALL ABOUT THE END RESULT AND THE FINISHED PRODUCT.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
Use the watercolor paints and small bowl of water to paint the ice cubes! Try painting the cubes a variety of different colors.
Watch the water melt along the way and repaint as often as desired.
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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.
After making lemonade use the leftover lemons to create a painting masterpiece. Check out the Summer Lemon Painting available on our website.