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-
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