Baby, it’s cold outside, so encourage your kids with painting ice rainbow art. Your little one will love painting cool winter scenes or spring rainbows with their own colors and brush strokes on ice blocks. Painting Ice Rainbow Art is a super simple way for them to express themselves creatively, while also having fun with a few simple ingredients that you’ll find in your house and outdoors.
Painting Ice Rainbow Art
Kids will love painting cool winter scenes or spring rainbows with their own colors and brush strokes on ice blocks. It’s a super simple way for them to express themselves creatively, while also having fun with a few simple ingredients that you’ll find in your house and outdoors.
The key is making sure the ice is cold enough so it can hold paint without melting too quickly. You can use ice blocks made in your freezer if necessary! The only tools needed are watercolor paints, and ice, you can also use cups of warm water (for cleaning your brushes but that is optional).
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Rainbow Ice Painting
Ice painting benefits?
- Rainbow ice painting is a fun and unique way to enjoy the outdoors in winter
- It’s easy to do, requires no messy ingredients, and you don’t have to be an artist!
- The watercolors are non-toxic so they’re safe for kids of all ages
- You can use any colors you want or stick with traditional rainbow colors
- Rainbow ice paintings make excellent decorations for your outdoor area during the winter months
- They look especially good on front lawns where the sunlight shines through them every day
- Plus, it’s a great activity that will keep kids entertained outside in cold weather!
What children learn from ice painting
There’s no one answer to this question since everyone may learn something different from ice painting. The main thing learned is to use your creativity. That’s an important life skill for kids and adults too. You can learn other things from ice painting as well such as teamwork, perseverance, and patience. Kids can learn how to work together and make compromises while painting the ice.
It also teaches patience since ice painting doesn’t dry like regular paintings on paper do.
Painted Ice Crystals
What does ice painting teach?
Ice painting teaches the value of experimentation. There is no right or wrong way to do ice painting; it’s all about experimentation and seeing what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques and colors. You may be surprised by the results. Rainbow ice painting is especially fun because it allows you to see all of your different colors at once!
Try using rainbow art (or any type of art that you like) in your next project, and see where it takes you. You might end up with a beautiful new creation! Share this winter art project on Rainbow Ice Painting if you want to introduce others to this fun activity.
Ice Painting Art
If you happen to live in a COLD climate you can use ice or icicles you find outside (this ice we used develops on a porch roof that we need to knock down for safety reasons so this is a perfect use for it), or make ice in your freezer! If making your own ice, you can do this project any time of year, just remember that warmer environments won’t allow you to keep the ice crystals lasting as long.
If you have to make the large ice crystals: Use silicone baking trays or ice trays, line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats, anything along these lines will work nicely to help you quickly transfer the ice out once it’s solid. Freeze outside or in your freezer until completely solid.
Ice Painting Supplies
Paints: I used these exact Sax watercolor concentrates, but you can use traditional kids watercolor paints too. We’ve had this exact set of colors for about 7 years, they will likely last you a very long time, and are a great investment!
We used these exact paintbrushes.
How do you paint on ice?
The colder the better! We did this project when it was about 25 degrees F out and actually painted them when it was snowing! At this freezing cold temperature, the watercolor paints started freezing pretty quickly which means you can create art fast in this cold weather.
Choose a work surface that will be alright getting a bit of paint on it. We made sure to have a layer of snow under where we were working.
Set out all of the ice pieces, brushing off any snow that may be on top of them.
Try to work in the shade and set up your works of art in the shade if you would like them to last longer.
Get the paintbrushes ready, make sure they are brushes that little hands can hold with gloves or mittens on. We chose gloves that we didn’t mind getting a little paint on just to be safe.
Squeeze a little of the watercolor right onto the ice pieces, you’ll want to work with one or two pieces at a time, otherwise, it may freeze before you can get to the other pieces and will need to add more paint.
We brought out water to rinse our brushes but didn’t end up using it, we just planned out the colors we would use so they could nicely blend together as we made the rainbow of colors.
Let the color freeze on the ice pieces for a few minutes, again, the temperature in your location when doing this project will make a big difference in how it comes together.
Picking up the ice crystals from their edges, carefully transfer them to where you would like to set them up. You can play with moving them all around, stacking, building… there are so many options!
Painting on Ice for a Process Art Activity
You can do a Rainbow Art project by Painting on Ice. You will need some watercolors, paintbrushes, and ice cubes or blocks of ice. This is a great project to do in winter when ice cubes are frozen.
First set up your child’s work area by laying out the ice blocks or cubes. Then place the beautiful paint colors out for easy access so your children can get painting.
Ice Painting Tips
- We did this project when it was a very cold week, it was in the 20s. By the start of day 6 the temperature was warming up and the paint had started running down into the snow… So we painted them again as soon as it got cold enough again.
- Even when it’s freezing out if the ice is in the sun it will be impacted some and experience some melting from direct sunlight.
- Wear dish gloves or rubber gloves over your regular winter gloves! This will help keep the paints from getting your gloves wet-and prevent the gloves from going through a color transformation. Or wear gloves you don’t mind washing the paint off of.
- Move the ice in a sled or cart instead of against your coats and sleeves. This will help keep paints off the clothing and make for faster work.
- Be sure to do this project over grass or an area that is much less likely to be affected by the paints as your ice painting projects melt.
It’s so much fun to bundle up and do some art outside in the winter! The Rainbow Art project is a great and easy idea.
Kids will love watching the colors mix together on the ice. Once they’re finished, they can enjoy their colorful creation!
It’s so much fun to bundle up and do some art outside in the snow. Have fun!
Rainbow ice painting is a fun and easy art project that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Anyone can do it! Rainbow ice painting is a fun way to add some color and creativity to the winter season. It’s also a great activity for kids, as they have fun while making beautiful creations from their own imagination.