Mini Monets and Mommies: Colorful Ice Building Blocks for Kids

Friday, June 19, 2015

Colorful Ice Building Blocks for Kids

Building blocks made from ice? Why not? I love using ice. You can add color, sparkles, toys to be excavated or even chalk to it! Now the kids can explore the intricacies of architecture (or, at least the basics) through it.

Building activity

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After making a batch of color-infused ice cubes to paint with, I thought, “Why not do something different with them?” Sure, letting the cubes melt into flowing water colors is artsy fun, but it isn’t the only thing the kids can do with cubes. Stacking them into towers or making mini forts combines art with science and math.  Your child is the engineer, figuring out what patterns and structures allow the icy building to stand. At the same time he needs to predict what the ice will do (in terms of changing states of matter – i.e., melting). As the ice begins to melt, the structure will change. This means your child needs to make a few adjustments.

When he’s all done building he can move the cubes to find the colorful prints left behind or just use them to create his own masterpiece!
Ice art

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Ice cube tray

·        Food coloring

·        Water

·        Paper or cardboard

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Drip a few drops of food coloring into each compartment of the ice cube tray.

2.     Carefully mix water in. Pour it slowly or use a dropper so that the colors don’t spill.

3.     Freeze the cubes.

4.     Pop the ice out.
Colorful art

5.     Place a piece of thick paper or cardboard on a sturdy surface, such as a table.

6.     Start stacking! Your child can create any type of stack that he wants with his building blocks made from ice. Make a single tower, a pyramid or a more elaborate piece of architecture. You can also freeze different sizes or shapes of cubes (we used larger square cubes and standard-sized ones).
Kids' art

Before the ice melts try out a few different building techniques. Alternate colors or size of ice.
Kids' activity

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  1. I tried something like this for ice painting but the food coloring stained our fingers (oops!) I think next time I'll use bigger ice trays and try the building too!

    1. We have the staining problem too (but eventually it washed off). I've tried frozen temperas and frozen colored chalk as well. But, I really like the bold colors of the food coloring. Thanks!

    2. colorations liquid watercolor washes off pretty quickly.

  2. This sounds like a fun project.

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  3. This is such a great idea! Easy to do and lots of fun!

    1. Thanks! It's great in the summer when the ice melts!

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