Watercolor Ice Painting


Watercolor Ice Painting

Making watercolor ice (ice cube paint) is a blast. It was fun watching Kate figure out how many drops of food coloring she wanted in each ice tray slot to create different shades of color. The emerging little color blender learned to correct a color combination when she added too much or not enough food coloring. She thoroughly enjoyed the experimentation.


Watercolor 2

Here are a few helpful tips if you want to take on this adventure:

  1. Develop this activity in two parts. Part 1, create the colors and allow the ice cubes to completely freeze overnight. Part 2, begins with frozen paint to allow maximum creative time to paint with the quickly melting ice cubes.
  2. This project is best done as an outside activity.
  3. We used toothpicks in our trays but I would highly recommend using popsicle sticks to gain more control over the ice cube when you’re painting.
  4. We recommend heavy duty paper watercolor paper or white cardstock paper.
  5. If you want to add dimension to your picture try using a white crayon to create a water resistant look.
  6. Reuse the colors by placing the tray back into the freezer after your pictures are created.
  7. When you are ready to dispose of the colors I would suggest pouring the colors into a grassy area rather than a sink.
  8. If you spill any food coloring on a counter, I would suggest using Clorox Wipes to clean up the area.

This is a simple activity that yields a lot of fun creations. Here are all the supplies you need to start your ice watercolor painting.


  • Ice tray
  • Food Color
  • White Crayon
  • Popsicle Sticks or Toothpicks
  • Watercolor Paper or Cardstock Paper

We would love to hear what you think of the activity.





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