Paint with Frozen Paint Cubes on a Hot Day

Painting with frozen paint on a hot day is a fun and creative way to beat the heat! Its a great summer art project for kids when its really hot outside!

This is a great summer art project for kids on a hot day! [If its too hot outside, get them active indoors with 12 indoor gross motor activities.]

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So far, George has played with ice cubes [a simple sensory activity for babies] and Henry discovered a healthy snack of fruit in a frozen ice excavation.

The kids even managed to keep cool while creating art!

I’ve seen a lot of ice cube paintings out there, where you color some ice cubes with some food coloring. It often gives a watercolor effect, often very pastel.

For this art project, I was looking for a something a little more… vibrant!

Paint with frozen paint on a super hot day! Fun and creative way to beat the heat!

So we got artsy with some frozen paint!

How to make the frozen paint cubes:

Instead of just coloring ice cubes, we froze entire cubes of paint [I used Crayola washable paints, its our fave], with just a dash of water to top it off.


I stuck with our favorite combination of colors: blue and yellow. They make Henry’s favorite. Green.

When I topped off the paint with water, the colors kind of combined in the ice cube tray, but they were only green on top, underneath was still yellow or blue. [Looking back, I only needed to freeze about 3 cubes of paint, we have 9 more in the freezer waiting for another hot paint day!]


I stuck the paint in the freezer for about 20 minutes and then added the craft sticks. [I used these craft sticks because that's what I had on hand.] I’m not quite sure how long they took to freeze, we stuck them in the freezer in the morning, and they were ready after nap [around 4pm].

Hot summer day art project for kids: Sun needed!

To start painting, you just pop them out of the container like you would a regular ice cube and let the heat of the sun do its work! The cube is your paintbrush!

[Don't forget to slather sunscreen on the kids before heading out to do this art project!]


It took a little bit to get going, but once the heat got the paint cubes melting, it melted on the canvas so brilliantly! Very vibrant!

It didn’t take long for Henry to dive in with his hands to mix the colors together.
Mixing Frozen paint with hands

Along with making green, Henry made rivers of blue going through the green. He made rows of corn in fields.

Making rivers with frozen paint and mixing colors!

And he made a huge mess! This was definitely a messy, messy activity!

Frozen Paint Summer Art Project For Kids

With the pool out for the day, cleanup was simple and fun!

Henry jumped in and cooled off and scrubbed himself clean!
Frozen Paint Summer Art Project For Kids

While Henry was enjoying painting, George enjoyed his ice cubes. They had a moment or two without any sibling rivalry.

Frozen Paint Summer Art Project For Kids

It was nice. [For a moment.]

Henry continued being nice to his brother and was very specific that he made his piece of art for George’s room. He was also very specific in how it hung, which side was up.

Frozen Paint Summer Art Project For Kids

Some more painting with frozen paint cubes:



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Henry is 3 years old.

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  1. Joyce says

    I was just thinking of doing this. I've been seeing a lot of icecube painting and I thought "I should just freeze paint, I wonder how that would turn out!" Thanks for showing us all. We are definitely doing this. Thanks for the post!

  2. Miss Lisa says

    Fun! Didn't know paint froze? I just might have to try this in my little classroom (but outside!)…thanks for sharing! Your boys are so stinkin' cute!

  3. MaryAnn says

    I wasn't sure that the paint would freeze hard enough. I wonder if liquid watercolors would freeze? I'll have to try it.

    Thanks for the fun pictures!!
    MaryAnn Kohl, art book author

  4. RedTedArt says

    I LOVE the colours you chose.. think working with just two primary colours always looks so great! And what fun to play with ice like that!!

    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  5. learning table says

    What fabulous messy fun! Henry's painting is beautiful!
    {I found you on the outdoor play linkup}

  6. Yummy Mommy Mia says

    Thanks for the link! While a bit messy, it's a great summer activity and clean up can be fun too! :D

  7. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Great post! Love the whole story from beginning to end….the rivalry… the hanging of the painting!

  8. Mama Pea Pod says

    Fabulous! Looks like wonderfully messy fun! I'm featuring this this week, from last week's Outdoor Play linky.

  9. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas says

    I LOVE this idea! We did lots of creative art with frozen paint too. It was just so much fun. :) Love the huge canvas that was made and that he put it in his lil brothers room – so sweet!

    Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase – can't wait to see what other fun ideas you link up this week! See you tonight for an all new linky party!!


    • Jamie says

      Wendy- surprisingly, no. They didn’t put it in their mouths. I had George (almost 1 at the time) busy with just ice cubes that he was mouthing the entire time.

  10. Araceli Castaneda says

    what time of paper did you used , I love the activity, but the paper must be something thick because is ice melting on a paper. please let me know.
    Thank you.

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