Alphabet Ice Paint

June 18, 2014
During the Summer months we love to play and explore with ice.

It is such a simple way to cool things down on a hot day, and there are endless play invitations you can set up.  Today, I pulled out our alphabet ice trays and made Kool-aid ice for the girls to play and learn with; they had so much fun!
Kool-aid alphabet ice- a super fun way for kids to play & learn this Summer!
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Rosie and Jewel used this simple batch of alphabet ice in so many ways.  They reviewed their letters, built sight words, and explored science by seeing if the ice meted faster in warm or cold water.  They also had lots of fun creating icy works of art; the Kool-aid letters made a fantastic ice paint.  They played and played, and this ice only took me a minute to make.  

Materials 
           
Method
If you don't have alphabet ice trays you can get them online here for just a few dollars.  There are lots of fun ways to use these trays, and we have lots more activities using them on the way!  To make the Kool-aid ice just sprinkle a little Kool-aid powder into each alphabet slot, fill the trays with water, carefully stir, and freeze.  In four to six hours you will have vibrantly colored and delightfully scented alphabet ice.

Kool-aid alphabet ice- a super fun way for kids to play & learn this Summer!

Rosie and Jewel began by exploring the icy texture of the letters, but it wasn't long before they were reviewing their phonetic sounds and building words.

Kool-aid alphabet ice- a super fun way for kids to play & learn this Summer!

Kool-aid alphabet ice- a super fun way for kids to play & learn this Summer!

After a bit of play and learning we explored science by seeing if the ice melted faster in hot or cold water.

Kool-aid alphabet ice- a super fun way for kids to play & learn this Summer!

Not only was this a fun bit of science that the girls could really understand, but playing and splashing in the water was lots of fun.  Once the girls had their fill of that I gave each of them a cookie sheet lined with paper so that they could create icy works of art.

Painting with alphabet ice paints- these are easy to make and smell amazing!

Painting with edible alphabet ice paints- a super fun Summer activity that is easy to set up, too! Painting with alphabet ice paints- a super fun Summer activity and the paints are easy to make, too!

Painting with the ice was lots of fun & kept the girls playing for quite a while.

Painting with alphabet ice paints- a super fun Summer activity and the paints are easy to make, too!

Rosie and Jewel had so much fun with the alphabet ice, and they found so many ways to play!  The ice was easy for me to make, and was a great way to beat the heat on a long, hot day.

Note:  One thing I love about this ice paint is that it is taste safe for little ones.  I have been making Kool-aid ice for Rosie and Jewel since they were babies.  They loved it then, and they still love it now :)
              
A Few Tips:  You only need a little bit of Kool-aid powder to color and scent the ice.  We used four Kool-aid packets to make the whole alphabet.  You can get Kool-aid packets at Walmart for 20 cents a pack.  It can also be purchased at most grocery stores and in large quantities online here.  I do recommend wearing smocks or play clothes as the Kool-aid may tinge clothing and skin for a bit after play.

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More About the Author

Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!