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April 13, 2020

SolBe Families,

We hope everyone had a nice weekend. This rainy Monday leaves us wishing we could enjoy a fun museum adventure. The Boston Children’s Museum has a virtual tour worth exploring. One of our other favorites, the Boston Museum of Science, also has free virtual offerings and exhibit hall tours. Today at 12:00 PM you can join their “Ask a Scientist” series with an installment all about birds. For some excitement, check out “Science in Action: A Blast With Gas!” from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Project of the Day for All Ages: Ice Painting Art from PowerfulMothering.com  

“Gather your supplies for ice painting!

First, you need to make the ice blocks so that you can paint with them.

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • food coloring (i used these colors)
  • popsicle sticks (craft sticks)
  • paper

Ice painting directions

1. Fill your ice tray with water then empty the water into a bowl. This allows us to have the correct amount of water for our tray.

2. Whisk the flour into the water so that the ice has a less watery consistency. Pour the flour-water 4 blocks at a time into the ice tray then into another bowl.

3. Do this 4 times into 4 bowls for 4 colors. Add your food coloring to these bowls. I have about 4 drops of color in each bowl.

4. Now pour the color flour water into the ice mold so that you have 4 ice blocks of each color.

5. Put your popsicle sticks into the color water. I first put the ice tray in the deep freeze before adding the sticks so that I could balance the popsicle sticks without having them go all over the place when I moved the tray.

Depending on your freezer, I made these in the morning and they were ready by afternoon to play with.

Tips

  • Twist the ice tray to loosen the ice blocks and make it easier to remove them for painting.
  • Take the color ice out of the freezer 5 minutes before the activity so that it can melt a bit before use.
  • Use a tray for your paper to minimize the mess.

The children loved ice painting.

Let the fun begin! This is a great “let the kids do their thing” activity. I love to sit back and see what they come up with.

Round and around testing the color ice and how it makes markings.

My sweet older preschooler loves to draw me flowers so this was his first creation.

The ice holds up for a while too! We have currently done this activity 3 times already with the SAME ice cube paint!!

Just pop them back into the freezer.

I would love to make the colors of the rainbow for our next ice painting activity.

Extra learning ideas

These ice blocks would also do great to write with and form letters or numbers. You could also do shapes in various colors. The possibilities for learning are endless!”

More resources to follow in the coming days. Feedback and more ideas welcome, as always!

Be well and stay healthy!

The SolBe Team

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