Last week we had so much fun playing with rainbow ice cubes in the paddling pool. It was so cool watching the water change colour. This week I’ve been thinking up some other great ways to use ice in play. I have lots of lollipop sticks in my craft box to use up, so we decided to try painting with ice and created these paint lollipops.


This is such an easy craft to prep and is perfect for all year around. Whether you’re cooling off on a hot summers day (if we ever get one this year) or if you’re simply having fun with winter themed messy play, the is a lovely sensory activity for little ones.


This activity is great because the paint changes consistency as the ice melts. Evie absolutely loved swirling the paint around the paper. Although she looks very serious above with her concentrating face on. She’s still in the stage where she puts everything in her mouth, so I did have to make sure that the paints were edible just in case. 


It’s worth prepping this activity the night before you intend to use it, so the paint has enough time to set. We have an ice cube tray dedicated to crafts and recommend using one with a silicone base because it’s a lot easier to pop out those cubes.


To do this activity, all you need is an ice cube tray, some paints and some lollipop sticks. Simply cut the lollipop sticks in half, fill the ice cube holders with paint and stand the sticks in place. 

The lollipop sticks are perfect for little hands to hold and stop fingers from getting too cold.


Evie kept pressing each of the ice cubes into her hand to feel them. This is her second time playing with ice and she still finds the sensation really confusing. I’m not sure if she likes it or not. She even had ago at pressing her feet onto the cubes. But she definitely didn’t like that!


If you want anymore ideas for using lollipop sticks, check out our ‘learning lollipops’. A fun and mess free way to teach colours to children.

Have you tried any ice play before? Would your little one enjoy paint lollipops?

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  1. July 31, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Came across this whilst going to your #picnmix post and just HAD to read it!I love this idea!I’m definitely going to try it x

    • August 2, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! It’s so easy to do. 🙂 X

  2. August 4, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Definitely want to try this activity with my LO! Thanks for sharing. #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • August 4, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      It’s so inexpensive but if you fill the ice cube tray is something you can play with again and again. 🙂 x

  3. August 4, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Wow this is such an interesting idea – I really like it! I like how your lollipop sticks match the colour of the paints – looks good too! I really want to have a go, for myself – forget the toddler haha! Sabrina xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      The lollipop sticks were from the craft section in tesco! It was great that I just happened to have them in my box when I got the idea for this. Haha it is fun. I think I had a lot more fun than Evie the first time we did it. If you fill an ice-cube tray as well and only pop out a few cubes at a time, you can do it again and again which is great! 😀 x

  4. August 5, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    These are fab! It looks great fun 🙂 Shall definitly be trying this 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  5. August 5, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Little Evie looks like she is loving it. It does sounds fun. We did the grated chalk + ice lollipops too and it was fun. 🙂 Oh! Love your photos too. xx #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      That’s such a great idea doing it with chalk, then you can just take it outside on the pavement or in the garden! Saves a clean up job. x

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