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Paint Pops

Paint Pops are a fun and exciting painting activity for kids. It is a great variation to using paint brushes. Kids will have a blast painting with melting ice paint!

What you will need?

You will need paint, ice cube tray, pop sticks, paper and a divided paint tray.  We froze the paint a little then took them out the freezer to place in the pop sticks.  When we were ready to use the frozen paint pops we placed them in the sun for little to slightly melt them and remove them from the tray.

Let’s Play 

Some of the paint pop creations. Children can paint pictures and mix colours to create new colours.

Let’s Play 

Making patterns and swirls with the paint pops!  These will make great wrapping paper for any present!

Learning opportunities:

  • Self-expression with paint
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Experimenting and exploring with a new paint tool
  • Sense of achievement and pride

15 thoughts on “Paint Pops”

  1. Your idea inspired me to do it in reverse. We’ve just survived that frigid arctic cold (wind chills of -50 degrees!) I’m going to have my class squeeze their favorite color paint into a frozen treat mold, then take it outside to freeze. 🙂
    ALSO, the suggestion of using colored ice cubes iss a great one. Here’s a twist….fill ice cube trays with water, add a craft stick for a handle. Sprinkle dry Jell-o onto fingerpaint paper & paint with the ice cube. It’s a great way to celebrate all 5 senses! Been doing that activity for 20 years!

    1. Hi Stephanie, Sorry, I haven’t tried any other paint other than tempura paint which is safe for children. I can’t see why other paints would not work as long as it is water based and safe for children. You could dilute the paint with water also. Good luck 🙂

  2. We did this at my preschool last summer using water and food coloring, no worries when the kids put it in their mouth because it was totally safe! The food coloring “ice paints” have more of a watercolor effect, but still super fun and the kids loved it!

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Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

My name is Janice and I am an Australian Pre-Primary Early Childhood Teacher (5 and 6 Year olds). I have a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) and Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood Education.

I have a strong passion and love for teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for my students. What I love most is watching children discover in those amazing light bulb moments. I hope Learning4kids brings you some useful ideas.

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