If you’re looking for a cooling activity to do with your children this summer, then look no further. This rainbow ice water play is not only easy to set up, but it’s really refreshing on a scorching day.

RAINBOW ICE WATER PLAYWe had a hot summers afternoon last week and our toddler Evie was outside playing in her paddling pool. I thought putting a little bit of ice in it would make a great sensory activity and keep her cool at the same time. To make it more fun we made it really colourful. I’ve included the really easy recipe below.


Evie loved trying to catch the ice cubes and it was really beautiful watching all of the colours spread around as the ice melted. The water in her pool was really warm so it melted quite quickly. We didn’t have as much pink and blue ice as we did yellow and green, so the pool did end up a very ‘wee’ like colour.

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If you want the pool to be really colourful, I’d recommend making more dominant darker colours such as blue and pink. We made sure the colouring for the ice cubes was edible, as Evie’s still in the ‘everything in the mouth’ stage.

If you wanted to make some rainbow ice cubes it’s really easy. Simply put a few drops of food colouring in an ice cube tray and top with water.


I recommend doing it this way around because it mixes better. Leave them over night to set, or at least for a few hours and then add them to your pool/bath. Be warned, food colouring does look like it’s staining your hands and clothes. I promise you it washes off and your little one will not come out the pool multi-coloured.

If you’re looking for some more summer play activities, check out our 5 summer sensory activities.

How are you cooling down this summer? Would you try this ice play?

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  1. July 21, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    What a great idea! I’ll have to try this if it ever gets hot again 🙂

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      It’s starting to feel like we’re not going to have a summer isn’t it! Hopefully the sun will come out and stay out soon. This is such a fun garden activity. x

  2. July 27, 2015 / 8:26 am

    This is a fantastic idea for a hot day- my little girl is too young for it this year but I’m definitely pinning this for next year and passing it on to my mum friends! xx

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you! 😀 It’s so inexpensive. The colours look so cool swirling around as well. x

  3. July 27, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Brilliant idea, the little fella would love this!!

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you! You should definitely try it. It’s so inexpensive and really cool watching all of the colours spiral and swirl. Evie loved trying to catch the ice cubes too. x

  4. July 27, 2015 / 10:17 am

    This is a brilliant idea – I think my girl would love this – she’s obsessed with water and ice at the moment. May have to do it in the bath though as it’s definitely not paddling pool weather at the moment. 🙁 #mummymonday

    • July 27, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      Oh it’s so horrible isn’t it? Come back sun!!! I don’t remember summer ever being this poopy before. This would be great in the bath too. If you have a white bath the colours would come out so much brighter than in a coloured paddling pool. x

  5. July 27, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Great idea! My daughter will love that especially trying to catch the ice cubes.

  6. July 29, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Ice play is a great summer activity. We did it last year and the children loved it. Evie looks like she’s having a great time too.

    • July 29, 2015 / 8:29 pm

      It’s so much fun isn’t it. We just need some more sunshine now. Come on summer! x

  7. August 3, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Great idea Ive seen people do this with paint and then let the kids go for it making some pictures with the ice paint i think thats so cool thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

    • August 3, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much. We did it with ice paint last week too. It’s such a fun sensory activity. 🙂 x

  8. August 3, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    This is such a fun idea! One to pin for sure as i doubt we will have the weather for it now! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

    • August 3, 2015 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you so much. I know the summer really needs to come back. It’s been so dreadful. x

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