Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fizzy and Fun Ice Painting

Are you looking for fun process oriented art activities for kids?  As a craft lover, I'm definitely biased.  I tend to pin images of kids crafts.  I can't help it.  There are always cute smiles and googly eyes on everything.  (Happy sigh.)  Yup.  That's my happy place.

But lately, I worry that I'm boxing Chuck in too much.  He isn't always keen to make crafts with me. So I'm trying to let him just explore art materials more... without stressing about what the end product will look like.  (It's hard...but I think it's an important process for both of us.)

Today I'm joining with 34 other kid bloggers to share some fun, process oriented art activities that children will enjoy!  It's a series all about fun and messy exploration.  So check the bottom of the post for a link to all 35 ideas!

Here's my process oriented activity that Chuck and I recently completed together:

Fizzy and Fun Ice Painting 

fizzy ice-painting- a fun, fizzy, and colorful activity that will keep your child entertained!
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Here are the materials that we used:

set up for fizzy ice painting

  • Tablecloth (so, so, so needed- it got messy!)
  • Baking soda
  • Kool aid packs (each mixed with about 2 T of water until everything dissolved)
  • Droppers and paint brushes
  • Food coloring (although I probably would go with watercolor sets or liquid watercolors next time for the greater variety of colors)
  • Salt
  • Spoon 
  • Extra bowls
  • Tooth picks 
  • Frozen water

Here's how we had some fizzy and fun ice painting:

how to do fizzy ice painting

1.  Chuck and I covered the ice block with baking soda.  (This was fun to do and really, really cold!)
2.  Then, we dropped our kool aid colors on the baking soda to create fizzy eruptions.  (This was a similar technique used to make our magic fizzy sand.)

Of course, a drop of kool aid wasn't quite enough... so Chuck ended up pouring out all the colors over the baking soda.  The results were lovely and fizzy!

fizzy painting

And then to "clear up our canvas" we just poured out some of the excess liquid on top into our large bowl.  Then, we had fun dripping food coloring onto the ice and swishing it around with our paint brushes and tooth picks.

ice painting with kids

And then we just poured heaping handfuls of salt onto the ice and watched as it absorbed all the lovely colors.

salt and ice painting

Ha!  See his green unibrow?  As you can tell, we had quite a bit of fun with the food coloring.

ice painting with kids

So I'm going to try doing more open-ended exploratory- non-crafty projects with Chuck.  And if you're looking for more of those types of projects, check out the links below!

Today's post is part of a series of 35 fun process oriented art posts.  So be sure to check out the other posts to find some other fun ways to play and make art with your kids!


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