This Painting Heart Ice Cubes activity is so simple to set up and the kids will love it!
All you need is a heart shaped mold and a few basic craft supplies. Make the ice cubes the night before and you’ve got a super quick and easy activity done for the day. It’s an awesome activity to set-up whenever you want the kids to work on their own and stay independent and focused.
This was a winner with my kids. They thought it was so fun and unique to paint heart shaped ice cubes and both said they want to do this again!
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Materials for Painting Heart Ice Cubes:
- Heart ice cube tray (or heart chocolate mold)
- Washable kids paint (we chose Valentine’s Day colors; pinks, purples, reds, white and a few others like blue and yellow)
- Paper plate
- Place water in the mold and freeze night before.
- Place all of the heart shaped ice cubes onto a tray with rim (I used a lid from their LEGO container). This will prevent the water from spilling once the ice cubes start to melt, along with the paint.
- Next, place a bit of desired washable kids paint colors onto a paper plate and set close to the tray.
What is my child learning and improving?
- Hand-eye coordination (painting the slippery ice cubes)
- Sensory (feeling the coldness of the ice cubes, etc.)
- Fine motor skills (holding the paintbrush)
- Creativity (choosing colors, patterns, styles and designs for each heart)
- Focus and concentration
- Independence (great activity for building independence and working on your own)
It is a time-consuming activity, which is GREAT, right? I mean, my kids stayed busy painting the ice cubes away until they pretty much melted. Creating somewhat of a mess, but that’s where the tray with rims comes in handy!