Ice Cube Painting

Have fun making and painting with colored ice.
Ice Cube Painting craft


  • Ice cube tray
  • Small plastic bowls
  • Plastic spoons
  • Food coloring
  • Scissors
  • Sketch paper
  • Craft sticks or disposable ice cream spoons

Safety Tips

  • Use potable water to make edible colored ice cubes. For added flavor, replace food coloring with fruit juice powder.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Ice Cube Painting 1. Since this is a coloring mixing activity, we will start out with the three primary colors (red, blue and yellow). To make the colored water, add at least 5 drops of food coloring to about ¼ cup of water. Mix well. Test the color intensity by painting with the colored water on plain white paper. If you want the color to be brighter or more intense, add a few more drops of food coloring until you achieve the desired color.

Step 2 Ice Cube Painting 2. Prepare your ice cube tray. Spoon in the colors into each tray section by pairs to come up with the secondary colors—orange (yellow + red), green (yellow + blue), and purple (blue + red).

*Kids love to mix colors so let them explore and learn!
Step 3 Ice Cube Painting 3. Pour in some red, blue, and yellow on some of the remaining tray sections.
Step 4 Ice Cube Painting 4. Once satisfied with the mixed colors, put the tray inside the freezer.
Step 5 Ice Cube Painting Ask for an adult's help.5. While waiting for the ice cubes to freeze, prepare the handles for the ice cubes. You can use disposable wooden ice cream spoons or you may cut craft sticks in half.
Step 6 Ice Cube Painting Ask for an adult's help.6. Check on your ice cube tray after about 30 to 45 minutes. When the colored water is half-frozen, stick in a craft stick handle into the center of each ice cube.
Step 7 Ice Cube Painting 7. Put the ice tray back in the freezer.
Step 8 Ice Cube Painting 8. When the ice cubes are solid frozen, take out the ice tray from the freezer and allow it to stand at room temperature for a few minutes. Twist the ice tray slightly to loosen the ice cubes.
Step 9 Ice Cube Painting 9. Give your child as much paper as he needs to paint. Most kids love to keep on painting with these ice cubes until they're almost melted.