Aug 1, 2013

Toddler Art Class: Paintsicles!

Melty, messy paint-on-a-stick, perfect for warm-weather days.

Art Project: Paint-sicles!
ice cube trays
wooden sticks
heavy paper

  cover art What can you do with a paleta? / Tafolla, Carmen

 Prep work:
1. At least one day before you want to do this project, squeeze paint into the compartments of an ice cube tray.
2.  Run a strip of masking tape along the top of the "cubes" and poke a wooden stick through the tape into each cube.  This will hold the sticks straight.
3.  Put the ice cube trays in the freezer and leave them there until the paint is frozen solid.

What Kids Do: 
paint, paint, paint!

 They also loved touching the frozen paint with their fingers and hands.

 Because I had three tables and two ice cube trays, I used egg cartons as a "resting place" for the paintsicles on the tables.
 One mom was inspired to paint this dragon...
 and her daughter painted one too!

Hindsight Tips: 
--I made 28 paintsicles and used them for three back-to-back classes.  A total of 57 children used them over a 3 hour period and there was just about the right amount of paintsicles.  I did stick extras that weren't being used in the freezer whenever I could.
--Our red paint had been sort of lumpy going into the ice cube tray and it was lumpier when it melted.  According to this blogger, acrylic paint makes for smoother paintsicle results.
--I was surprised that only one kid in the whole group tried to eat them.  I think this might have been because they weren't in the traditional popsicle shape.  Just sayin'...

 Variations to try: 
--make larger paintsicles in Dixie cups
--paint with actual popsicles

Adult Challenge:  Don't tell your child their artwork is "pretty."  Instead, ask them questions about their process--did they have fun?  how does the paint feel? etc. (This challenge is HARD!)

1 comment:

  1. You can also point out something you especially like and ask how the child achieved that - for ex. "I really like the way you painted the sun, how did you get it to look like that?" And when you're stuck, you can simply say, "tell me about your picture."


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