Thursday, May 29, 2008

Freeze Frame

With the temps in the 90's and only getting hotter - we're staying cool with frozen paint.

For this project I used about 1:1 ratio of washable tempera paint diluted with water. And also experimented with water + food coloring. Both worked great. If you choose to use the food coloring, make sure to paint in a place where stains don't matter.

Cover your diluted paint with foil, poke nifty toothpicks into each compartment and freeze. I froze a couple of "just water" to play with on the patio.

You can use either a fancy-schmancy ice cube tray or plain Jane. You'll have better results if you fill'er up. You don't want a skimpy paint cube to melt off your toothpick. No big deal if you're skimpy - just means you'll eventually paint with your paws instead of the pick.

Below you'll see where I didn't mix the green very well and the paint settled to the bottom. It didn't affect the performance. She still painted with a happy heart.
Look - they're all friends, playing so well together. Wanna know why Mr. Blue is so blue? I broke him when trying to dislodge him from his frozen home. Mr. Purple is such a good friend to console and embrace Mr. Blue, doncha think?
You know it's a great project when Mr. Intensity sticks out his tongue.
The food coloring and water painted like... a lot like...well, water... colors.  Some friends joined us - they had a blast together. This paint project is perfect for all ages.
After painting we ate popcicles. See what other Unplugged Moms did with paint this week here.

18 comments:

MajorScoop said...

Really, Really fun

MajorScoop said...

So fun that I linked to it from my site... and used a picture. Hope that's okay?

Megret said...

Too fun! I am going to link this project on my links Monday soon. And may I ask -- where did you find such an awesome ice cube tray?

Julie said...

MajorScoop (Lauren, my sister-in-love) found the ice cube tray at Ikea for Mr. Intensity. I saw similar ones (different shapes) in the dollar bin at Target yesterday.

Lauren - of course you can use the picture!

Tina said...

I think I messed up the first comment so if you get doubles...
This is awesome! I plan to use it for sunday school and even though my kids are much older I think they will enjoy this.

amy said...

Looks like fun! Now I will be on the hunt for some neat ice cube trays! :)

Pam said...

I had never thought of this, but it's a great idea! I think my son and his friends would love this!

Kate in NJ said...

Very cool...we'll have to make some
for our hot weather..coming real soon. ;-)

Mom Unplugged said...

I have never heard of frozen paint, what a wonderful idea! I am surprised the paint cubes lasted more than a few minutes in the heat you must be having there already. I'll have to try this one too. It looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

reprehriestless warillever said...

So cool!

We will definitely try this on the first unbearable warm day

reprehriestless warillever said...

Sorry about the ungrammatical comment there. :(

I pushed "publish" before I read.

Anonymous said...

I love that idea. I can't wait to try it.
Blessings,
Dawn

Gottfredsen said...

So Cool. I love the Ice trays to, puzzle pieces are really neat.

Michie said...

That looks like a lot of fun - and I think it is cool that you had popsicles afterward! I also love that ice cube tray!

juliekintaiwan said...

Fabulous idea! We'll be sure to try it this summer.

Nichole said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Karen said...

Well, that's certainly a new one for me. Might have to give that a go. :)

GoodCooker said...

What a cool idea! I am always looking for fun things to do with my kids. We will have to try this when it warms up!

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