Paint and Play- Ice Marble Painting

Today we are back with more Paint & PLAY alongside the lovely Tammy of Housing a Forest!  If you are unfamiliar, Paint & PLAY  is a weekly series where we challenge each other to get creative by painting through different mediums.  It is all about the process, having fun, and getting kids creating! The challenge this week was to paint with marbles!  Tammy made a super fun marble paint maze and we painted with ICE Marbles!

Paint & PLAY with Ice Marbles

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Making ice marbles is so easy, and there are tons of ways you can play with them.  We have made them many times before and even made Easter ice eggs with treasures inside this same way.  Painting with ice marbles is a great way to beat the heat in the Summer months.  Rosie and Jewel loved it!

To make ICE Marbles you will need:
  • Balloons
  • Water
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
Add a few drops of food coloring into each balloon before attaching it to your sink.  Fill it to the desired size, tie, and freeze.  Once frozen, use scissors to snip the balloons and remove them.  That's it!  It is that simple, and these ice marbles are just too fun!

It was such a hot day I wanted Rosie and Jewel to be able to explore the ice with their mouths if they wanted to, so I whipped up an edible paint for them to use.  All you need is food coloring, water, and cornstarch to make a fabulous homemade paint that is safe for babies and toddlers to taste.  Add the desired amount of cornstarch to a bowl, add water until you have the consistency you would like, and then add a couple drops of food coloring.

I made four colors for the girls.  What I love about this paint is that you can change the consistency by adding more cornstarch or water.  We also popped it into the fridge to help cool things off; it was such a hot day!

Rosie and Jewel loved slide painting with balls so much that I set the ice marble painting up the same way.  I covered our play slide with paper and placed it in one of our wading pools with poster board covering the bottom.  Then it was time to PLAY!

The paint covered ice marbles were really fun to explore

The girls loved rolling them down the slide to create art

We had quite a few ice marbles, and the girls rolled them all several times

Retrieving the marbles was lots of fun, too

And I loved that Rosie and Jewel could explore the ice with their mouths.  The paint does not taste like anything so they weren't tempted to eat it, but it was safe for them to ingest which allowed them to experience the cold ice - perfect for a hot day!

Painting with Ice Marbles
A fun way to create art this Summer

There are a ton more ways you could play with ice marbles, too!  

 Check back!  More ideas coming soon!

Now head on over to Housing a Forest to see
the AMAZING marble maze painting activity they did

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