Inside: Have you tried ice painting for kids yet? It’s one of our favorite activities! This time we froze water into gingerbread shapes for a fun extension to our gingerbread theme!
We just finished our last week before winter break.
That means finishing our gifts, making our homemade gift bags, practicing songs for our singalong ….
We needed something calm.
And ice painting is always a fun, calm activity!
Every single time it’s a hit.
We like that!
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Ice Painting for Kids Using Gingerbread Shapes
This idea didn’t come to me until I found a gingerbread cake pan.
I just knew it would be a perfect addition to our ice painting collection. Add some watercolors and you are good to go!
How to set this activity up:
Fill pan with water and freeze. You will need one frozen gingerbread for each child. (We only had one cake pan, so as each gingerbread was frozen, we removed it from the pan, placed in freezer, and started again until we had 10 frozen pieces.)
Right before inviting the children to participate, place trays on the table along with the watercolors. (We pre-moistened our watercolors by adding a drop of water on each oval.)
Place the frozen gingerbread on the trays.
Invite the children to place their paintbrushes into the paint and then onto the frozen gingerbread.
I love how the details showed up as they were covered in paint!
As the ice starts melting, the colors will mix. Some of the children might notice that when 2 colors met, a third color was made!
Several of our children painted the entire piece, so we asked if they wanted us to wash the paint off so they could start again. This was quite exciting for them!
Simply carry the tray with the gingerbread ice to the sink and run cold water over it, removing the watercolors.
Then take it back to the table to start again!
This could be a solution if you don’t have enough gingerbread ice for each child. As one child finishes, wash off the watercolors and then invite another child to paint on it.
Just remember that the ice will be melting!
I just had to get some photos before they were placed in the sink to thaw.
Super fun, super easy, and clean up is a breeze.
Simply dump all the gingerbread ice pieces into the sink to thaw. Done!
Here’s another fun process art activity to try during the holidays: