By Rayna Frank, Dayhome Educator
We kick started this week with a super fun painting activity! I mixed water based paints with a little extra water, popped them in the freezer with one popsicle stick per slot and ended up with these awesome ice cube paints! I rolled out a big sheet of brown packing paper over top of the dining room table, secured it with a few pieces of tape and let the kids get wild with the paints. It ended up being a really fun and interesting experience. When we discussed our observations, we noticed that as the cubes melted the colors became more concentrated and vibrant. This was something that encouraged a lengthy play-time with this particular activity because almost everyone was very eager to get the brightest color possible. I also opted to add in wax crayons to demonstrate a super fun wax/paint texture technique to make the experience a little more interesting once things started to melt.
Here is a quick list of why this was one of the best activities that I've done with this group so far!
- Great sensory stimulation. Bright colors AND cold sensation.
- Great science conversation. Solids to liquids. Why do things melt?
- Great way to use up bottles of paint that are on their last legs. Squeeze all of the product out as possible.
The final result!