In this scorching weather, there are only a few things that can cool our little ones down!! Ice is most certainly top of our list at the moment! It’s just SO hot! This afternoon we have been doing some ice painting! Yesterday, I simply filled some ice trays with water and dropped in some paint to each section. Some of the colours ran into each other but that didn’t matter! I popped them in the freezer and today, they look almost good enough to eat!! We didn’t, don’t worry; instead we did some painting!
For each painting, J laid two sheets of white paper in a cat litter tray to line the bottom! This acted as his canvas!
He then tipped some ice-cubes on to the paper and loved the splats it made as they landed; including on himself, grass and everything else near by!
J decided he would pick up the tray and slide the ice around to make the picture! I had envisaged that he would move them around with his hands or maybe feet but J likes to be organised and tidy and opted for this method instead!
He made some lovely colours oohing and aahing as the colours mixed!
When we paint inside or outside, we use our ‘underwear’ dryer! It makes a great painting dryer! Just make sure if inside you have something on the floor to catch the drips! Using this gives J’s fingers a work out as he has to peg the paintings on and to do that, he needs to use his pincer grip!
J also developed his gross motor skills to tip and fling the ice into the trays!
J talked about the ice melting so quickly because it was hot and how it turns into water! This was a great opportunity to explain that it actually started as water and froze into ice!
… a potion of course!!
Here are some of J’s dried paintings! I think they’re lovely and he decided he will use them to make cards for his family – just to ‘say I love them Mummy!’ He is adorable!!
What did J learn?
- Observing changes in the state of materials, defrosting ice melting into water.
- Exploring materials using all of his senses and talking about their characteristics.
- Using new words and talking about what he is doing.
- Fine motor and gross motor development.
- Being creative and interpreting materials and how best to create his art work.