A chilly way to paint!
Necessity is the mother of all invention, right? You know that goes for toddler activities too? Well, I do. Because sometimes the best activities result from the most mundane things.
I realized my ice maker was jammed. Dang it. I really wanted ice in my water. It was an ice cubes required kind of day and I know you’ve had a day like that. I needed to dump the ice cube maker out but wait…why waste good ice?
Ice activities are always a hit around here.
There’s a great ice painting activity from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds and it looks so inviting. But I didn’t have any large blocks of ice at the ready. What I did have was a jammed ice maker and an empty sensory bin.
Oh what’s a mom to do (wink).
I took that ice cube maker and dumped it into a storage tub. I figured it was a pretty safe assumption that my kids were going to go nuts for painting ice cubes.
Spoiler alert: I was right. They loved this.
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- Under the bed storage tub
- A boat load of ice
- No Spill Paint Containers
- Paint (this is my favorite kind)
I dumped the contents of my ice maker into a storage container to make one awesomely cold sensory / art bin for my kids. And they went nuts for it!
Guess how long my kids painted for?
They sat quietly painting and decorating the ice for almost 20 minutes! There was such intrigue and interest on their faces.
If the paint was thin enough, it would freeze as it hit the ice.
If the paint was thick, it would drip and move with the water.
Bottom line: it was the coolest! Even I had to get in on the action.
Painting ice cubes was pretty awesome.
Painting ice cubes ended up being just as cool as I hoped it would be. My kids loved it – they sat quietly and worked on creating some fun, chilly art. Keeping two toddlers so focused was the best use for my jammed ice bin.