Here is an incredibly simple craft project for the little ones that is perfect for hot weather.
If your children like to paint this is a really easy twist on finger painting that will hopefully get them excited.
You can literally freeze paint to make little paint popsicles. Add sticks and the kiddos can use them to paint without the need for paintbrushes.
These little pops paint very smoothly and give you the same bright colors as regular paint. It is over 100° and the girls painted outside for about 30 minutes or so and the freezer paint held up fine.
To make these little pops could not be easier and you probably have everything you need right at home.
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I took a fun star shaped ice cube tray (from the Dollar Spot at Target) and simply added Crayola washable fingerpaint. This little stars are fairly small so I filled it up.
Next I inserted little cake pop sticks I had on hand. You could also use skewers that you cut down (maybe tape off the ends so they aren’t sharp) or popsicle sticks or whatever you have.
Now this doesn’t have to be perfect and my sticks were upright for the time it took to take a photo. Then they flopped over and that is totally fine. It actually makes these easier to jam in the freezer and for the children to paint with.
If you don’t have a little tray like this, you could also use mini Dixie cups or even rinsed out yogurt cups.
Freeze these for a bit. I actually had them in the freezer for three days but I think about an hour might be long enough.
I pulled them right out of the ice cube trays and here is how they look. Like little frozen crayons on a stick.
I think the shapes make these a little more fun.
And the girls painted away! These glide really nicely and as long as you don’t water down the paint the colors will be nice and bright.
My little Miss pictured here has.. shall we say a zest for life that involves really digging in to any sort of project…. so I kept this project outside on our easel. You could just as easily do this inside on a craft table or roll out the paper right on the grass outside.
One more tip, we have craft paper rolls for when the girls are doing certain crafts or artwork that might be keepers. For other projects, I just use the back side of wrapping paper. The wrapping paper I usually stock up on during post holiday sales for just pennies and the kids can color or paint away year round.
You can scroll down here to see more children’s craft ideas and activities for summer.