How to Make Ice Chalk Paints

Baystateparent Magazine
Ice Chalk Paints

While this activity can be done indoors using a large sheet of paper, it is best done outdoors on a hard surface so that your children can make huge movements as they explore the different color paints. 

What You Need

• Chalk paint or Tastesafe chalk paint (see recipes below)

• Adhesive putty

• Ice-cube trays

• Popsicle sticks

• Paintbrush

Preparation & Instructions

1. Make your chalk paints in several colors the night  before you want to do this activity.

2. Press a little adhesive putty into the bottom of each compartment in the ice-cube trays.

3. Push a popsicle stick into each piece of putty.

4. Pour the various colors of chalk paint into the tray and freeze overnight.

Through the Ages

AGE 1+ Make taste-safe chalk paint and spread out a large sheet of paper. Explore with your toddler how the paints melt. Can you paint a rainbow together?

AGE 2+ Experiment with the ice cubes. Prompt your child to paint their hands and feet, and to make footprints.

AGE 3+ Encourage your child to make different marks with the ice cubes. Prompt them to use the popsicle sticks, their hands and feet, and even a paintbrush. What do they notice happens when they change tools?

AGE 4+ Look at a wet painting and then look at a dry painting. What does your child notice is different between wet and dry paint?

AGE 5+ Explore mixing the chalk paint colors. Can it be done? What happens to each of the colors? Prompt your child to tell you exactly what they have painted.

Chalk Paint

  • Colored chalks
  • 1 tablespoon water per color

Place a colored chalk stick in a sealable plastic bag (one color per bag).

Using a rolling pin or hammer, crush the chalk into a fine powder.

Add the water and stir until a paste forms.

Taste-Safe ‘Chalk’ Paint

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  •  Gel food coloring

Place the cornstarch, water and a drop of food coloring in a bowl and mix well.

Continue mixing in the coloring a drop at a time until you get the shade you want.

Repeat this process to make as many colors as you like.

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Excerpted from “How to Create Little Happy Learners” by Sophie David, which features 60 fun, tried and tested activities for parents and their children to enjoy.