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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Finish freezing the cubes overnight. When you’re ready to begin painting, take the ice cube paints out of the freezer and let them stand a few minutes. Place heavyweight paper in trays, and let the chil- dren paint! Alternatively, you can freeze the paints in small paper cups. Simply peel off the paper cup to reveal the “paint pop.” You can also use plastic molds to create Popsicle-shaped paint pops. Remind the chil- dren that these pops are not for eating! Instead of using the water mixture, you could fill the ice cube trays, paper cups, or plastic molds with regular tempera paint. The resulting paint pops have a thick and creamy texture. Let the children explore and experiment with different textures and results. Be sure to have a camera and notepad ready to document the fun! dren lay their paper on the paint and pat the paper gently. Finally, have them lift the paper to expose a magnificent work of art! The first time children see their work, they are amazed! When you’re using liquid watercolor paint, put newspaper under the paper to absorb excess liquid. Trays are also helpful. Monoprinting This is a multisensory project that young children absolutely love! To begin this process, the children squirt the paint on a tray. They love to squeeze the bottle as hard as they can and exercise their muscles. Next, they roll out the paint with rubber brayers. Let the children explore and play in the paint and enjoy the sensory experience. They can scrape or draw in the paint however they like, using fingers, scrapers, craft sticks, and so on. When they are finished playing with the paint, help the chil- Squirting paint onto trays creative and authentic art  51 Rolling out the paint Lifting the paper COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL