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Enjoy Your Hot Summers with Coloured Ice Cubes

By Swagata SarkarJuly 08, 2022
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Some Colours and Some Ice: What Can Be More Fun and Nice!

Cloured ice cubes are a favourite among children. They can make it at home using water and some food colour. Children can put the cubes in their bathtubs for fun. Add some extra fun to your child’s daily activity with these Rainbow ice cubes that are made easy for kids.

Fun Process to Begin With

Your toddler can create coloured ice cubes in the kitchen. Below are the steps to be followed-

  • Check how much water you can put into each cube of your ice cube tray.

  • Large trays require ½ (half) cup of water.

  • Divide the amount by 6. You will need that much water for all the 7 rainbow ice cubes.

  • Now put rainbow colour in order using edible food colour.

  • Place the ice tray in the freezer and freeze until the water has completely frozen.

  • Your colourful ice cubes are ready, use them as you wish.

Coloured ice cubes

Coloured ice cubes

How Would You Use Them?

Coloured ice cubes can be tasted for relaxation in summer. As veggie colours are used, they are acceptable for your child’s stomach. Children can use them while taking a bath in the bathtub. In hot summer, coloured ice cubes are used in soft drinks or fruit juice.

If you make coloured ice cubes and add them to a big bucket of cold water, it is a very nice way to cope with the heat of the burning sun. It is much fun to scoop, mix, pour and stir while the ice cubes slowly release their colour into the water. 

Fun with Ice Cube

No matter which season it is in the year, coloured ice is always hit among kids. On a sunny day, a water bin filled with coloured ice cubes is an amazing sensory play for children of all ages. What can be ideal for keeping the kids cool and refreshed on a hot day?

Making coloured ice cubes and adding them to a big bucket of cold water is one of the children’s favourite ways to spend a warm summer day.

When the vacation starts, summer turns awesome with the fun summer activities. When they are busy with creative, colourful cubes with their fellow friends, you also get to concentrate on your work.

Required Materials

  • Ice cube trays or small plastic cups

  • Cold water

  • Natural food colouring

  • Baking sheet

  • Bowls and cups

  • Plastic storage bags

  • Storage container or water table

  • Kitchen instruments like scoops, spoons, tongs, funnels, ladles, basters, sieves, and strainers.

How to Make Coloured Ice Cubes Step by Step?

Step 1: Start freezing your ice cubes in advance so that you have lots on hand for the activity.

Step 2: Fill multiple ice cube trays and plastic containers with water. Add 1-2 drops of food colouring to every section of the tray. Load them all onto the baking sheet.

Step 3: Keep the sheet in the freezer. Let it freeze until it forms solid ice cubes.

Step 4: Transfer the coloured cubes into a plastic bag that can be kept in the freezer.

Step 5: Repeat the steps as many times as you want till there are plenty of ice cubes. If there is a want for some 100 ice cubes, help your children in the process as they may need so.

Coloured ice cubes

Coloured ice cubes

Sensory Activity with Coloured Ice Cubes

Children usually prefer a large clear storage bin for playing in a shady yard area. Parents can fill it with cold water. Ice cubes will last longer with colder water. The water becomes even colder as children put the coloured ice cubes in the bowl. It is often surprising how long the ice cubes last, even in summer.

Set your kids up with various kitchen utensils and instruments. Different sized bowls, scooping spoons, ladles, tongs, sieves, etc. A variety in the shape of containers will make the ice cube painting game even more joyful.

Let’s Play with Coloured Ice Cubes

Once the ice cubes are made, dump them in a batch of ice, and the fun begins. Your young ones can spend the whole morning playing with an activity bin like that. Thus they can enjoy some nice applications of ice with coloured ice cubes. It is such fun to catch the colour leaching out of the ice cubes and colour the water as they melt into it. Once they are done with the ice activity, you may even get a chance to sit back and put your feet into the left cold water. It is undoubtedly a wonderful way to spend a hot summer morning. 

Ice Cube Painting

Try the cool, creative ice painting with coloured ice pops. This activity is popular in many daycare centres where toddlers spend their time with fun learning. The shape of ice pops is perfect for painting with. The handle makes it easy for your kids' little hands to manage. An ice pop keeps your child’s hands safe from colour stains and frozen fingers. For ice painting, your child requires-

  • Popsicle Mould

  • Water

  • Food Colouring

  • Paper (preferably watercolour paper)

Prepare your ice paints one day before making a painting to be well-frozen. Fill the popsicle moulds with water and a few drops of food colouring. 2 drops per paint pop would be good. Put your popsicle mould in the freezer and leave it overnight or until your ice gets frozen completely. To remove ice paints from the popsicle mould, run the mould under a stream of cold tap water. Bend the tray back and forth until the colour pop loosens up and slides out.

Paint on the white paper with coloured ice on white cardboard. Thick papers will absorb water better. So it is advisable to use watercolour paper. The ice starts melting on a warm day. Let your children make some beautiful paintings with that.


Enjoy ice cube paintings in your summer holidays. Have fun with your toddlers and make them learn new things in a colourful creative way. A way that is too cool for school. So try it this summer. Share your experience with us if you find this informative. If you have friends who have kids, share the same with them.