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Easy Rainbow Ice Painting

Easy Rainbow Ice Painting


You know those days when you are looking for a super simple activity to keep your little one busy? Ice painting couldn't be more simple! Place white pieces of paper or paper towel around your block of ice to catch the run-off. This will create more rainbows and lots of opportunities to explore science. This activity is the perfect opportunity to introduce color mixing concepts.

Materials List

  • Watercolors
  • Paint brush
  • Water
  • Small dish
  • Container or Cooking tray
  • Optional: Paper or Paper towels


  1. Create your ice! Add 1 to 2 inches of water into a small dish and place into the freezer until it is solid. (1:25
  2. When your ice is frozen solid you’re ready to get started. Take your ice out of the small dish and place into your container. Add paper or paper towels under the ice before you start to extend this activity. (1:50
  3. Wet your watercolors and begin painting a rainbow on top of the ice. (2:12
  4. Extend the activity after your child is finished creating rainbows by talking about what they observe on the paper or paper towels. What happened to them? What colors do they see? Is the second rainbow dark or light?

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