Cubed Paints!

If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids this December, give this a shot! It’s a simple, fun, fuss-free idea 🙂

Things you’ll need:

  • Ice cube tray(s)
  • Liquid watercolors OR food coloring
  • Pan or foil tray with sides
  • Thick paper

Optional items:

  • Newspaper
  • Ice cream sticks

#1: Begin creating your paint cubes

Fill your ice cube tray(s) with the liquid watercolors, and freeze it.

If you are using food coloring, squeeze the coloring into the tray, fill with water and stir well. Let it sit for awhile (we suggest anywhere between 5 – 15 minutes), and then add a bit more food coloring before freezing.

Note: If you want, you can stick ice cream sticks in each cube so the kids have something to hold on to while painting. If

Colored Ice Cubes by Wadleigh Library

Colored Ice Cubes by Wadleigh Library

#2: Ready, get set….

Once the ice cubes are frozen, break them out into the pan or foil tray you have prepared. It doesn’t matter if you put the different colors in one tray or sort them out by color; it’s totally up to you.


#3: …PAINT!

This is the fun part! If you’re concerned about the paint, lay newspaper on the ground, and put the thick paper in the middle. Begin painting on the thick paper – let your imagination run wild!

Photo © Cathy Walters.

Photo © Cathy Walters

A suggestion we have is to let different colored cubes melt on the thick paper – it’ll result an interesting mish-mash of colors. You can also let the paint melt slightly within the pan/foil tray, and then encourage your kids use different “tools” (like brushes, or their hands) to paint.

Once the masterpiece has been completed, lay it flat to dry.


Happy painting! 🙂

Have any crafty or great ideas for fun family activities? Share them with us!



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