I saw this idea on Instagram over summer and I have been keeping it safe just for this moment.

That is probably talking this idea up a little more than necessary, but it is a really fun idea that I know your Lil’ will enjoy!

For this activity we will be focusing on identifying and drawing shapes.

*Disclaimer* this activity does require being prepped beforehand as you have to freeze the ice paints.

Grab your FREE Shape Ice Painting Template below in the Required Materials section.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Geometry

  • Identify common 2-dimensional shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, heart, star, circle, semi-circle, oval, diamond

Writing

  • Uses writing materials to write (pencils, pens, crayons, markers)

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Geometry

  • Identify common 2-dimensional shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, heart, star, circle, semi-circle, oval, diamond

Writing

  • Uses writing materials to write (pencils, pens, crayons, markers)

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Shape Ice Painting Template

*Ice Cube Tray

*Craft Stick

*Washable Paint

*Foil

Water

Step #1
Pour a drop of paint into each ice cube tray compartment.
We used blue, black, red, yellow, and green because they are the colors of the olympic flag.
Step #2
Add water to each ice cube tray compartment and mix with craft stick until it is well combined.
Step #3
Cover the ice cube tray with foil and stick a craft stick in each compartment.

The foil will keep the craft sticks from falling.

*I used a pair of scissors to make each hole in the foil because using a craft stick was like waiting for a can of biscuits to pop (terrifying!)

Step #4
Freeze your paint pops.
Step #5
Print your Shape Ice Painting template.
Step #6
Use your paint pops to draw each shape.

Teacher Tip

Keep your paint pops in the ice cube tray while you are painting. This will make it so that as the paint pops melt, they melt in the tray, making for easier clean up.

And remember, even though they look like popsicles, they are not! However, you could make them with food coloring instead of paint to make them taste safe.

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