It has been a frigidly cold week. And though my boys and I do enjoy playing outside in winter, we don’t appreciate the kind of cold that instantly bites skin and freezes our breath. Needless to say, we’ve spent more time indoors watching movies, visiting the library, and making crafts the past few days.
Since it has been so very cold, an arts and crafts project that used ice as the main material seemed very appropriate. Painting with ice is a creative way to incorporate science and art, with a beautiful end result!
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Paint with Ice
Materials and Directions:
2. Fill the remainder of the jars with water. Freeze the jars outside (or in the freezer) overnight.
“Ummm, Mommy?” my oldest said.
“Well, the problem is that the paints are frozen. They don’t work really good.”
“They are frozen!?”
“Yes! We need to melt them.”
“How could you melt them?”
“With a campfire.”
“That’s one way. Can you think of another way more appropriate for inside?”
“Salt! Salt melts ice! That’s why big trucks put it on the road.”
I gave the boys a pan filled with rock salt and invited them to sprinkle it over the frozen paint. Almost immediately, the paint began to melt. Soon enough, my young Monets were ready to begin their masterpieces!
When the paintings were dry, most of them contained very fine salt crystals inside the cavities of the watercolor paper. The paintings were beautiful and sparkly!
For more fun arts and crafts activities, consider following my Arts and Crafts for Kids board on Pinterest. Happy painting!