Monday, July 23, 2012

Kool-Aid Ice Play

We know how much fun Kool-Aid can be when it comes to art.  Bloggers have shared everything from painting to tie dying with the stuff.  We've even used it to create Art in the Rain.  But in this summer heat why not freeze the Kool-Aid for some cool, ice painting?  Take it outdoors and enjoy the fun!    

 Set a bowl of frozen cubes out for the children to explore.  Instead of paper, I gave them paper towels for creating their works of art.  They absorb more then paper, plus construction paper tends to shred when it's wet.  You could also use coffee filters.
 "It's cold!"  
This is a great project for little ones on a warm day.  Not only is it good sensory art, but this "paint" is safe for them to put in their mouths.  If you're concerned about germs, give them each separate bowls and keep a close eye on them.
As the ice melts, it creates a unique blend of colors.  Leave the paper towels to dry and you have a colorful work of art. 

What You'll Need:

  • Several flavors of Kool-Aid (desired colors).  You'll want to buy the cheap packets without sugar, not the canisters.  
  • Water
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Ice cube tray or small dixi cups with popsicle sticks
  • Absorbant paper towels  

To Create Kool-Aid Ice Paint:

  • Mix packets of Kool-Aid with water.  You can add the amount suggested on the package but I went with less.  Less water gives a more vibrant color.  
  • You can add sugar (knowing the kids will eat it) but it may cause stickiness.  I left the sugar out thinking they would taste the cubes and not want to eat them.  I was wrong.  Kids are not afraid of tart ice cubes!  
  • Pour mixture into ice cube trays or small dixi cups.  You can add a popsicle stick, creating a handle for the paint.  My group of kids could have cared less.  
  • Freeze
  • Once frozen, pop those suckers out of the tray and enjoy the messy fun!  

1 comment:

  1. My guy would love eating the ice cubes! I am not sure he would have any left to play with.



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