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Paint Popsicles for Toddler Art Fun

Mmmm… Don’t these popsicles look delicious? Fruity and surely refreshing on a hot summer’s day, right?

Well no, not exactly. These popsicles are for painting with, not eating. And if you haven’t tried paint popsicles with your toddler yet, now is the perfect time. We did this art activity indoors, but it makes an ideal outdoor summer activity as well.

I have to admit that  my 1 1/2 year old was a bit confused about the paint popsicles at first. And yes, she tasted one. But I’m assuming it didn’t taste very good as she only tried it once. I told her it was for painting with, not eating, and she got it. It didn’t take long for her to really get into painting with the popsicles. Even two at a time! (Read more after the jump)

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the paint popsicle fun:


  • Hmm, What do I do with this? 1 of 8
    Hmm, What do I do with this?
  • Frozen paint scribbles 2 of 8
    Frozen paint scribbles
  • Double fisting 3 of 8
    Double fisting
  • Big sister is joining in 4 of 8
    Big sister is joining in
  • Paint pop art 5 of 8
    Paint pop art
  • This is really getting fun! 6 of 8
    This is really getting fun!
  • The inevitable hand painting 7 of 8
    The inevitable hand painting
  • Ready to hang 8 of 8
    Ready to hang

Because the tools and materials are simplified (no cups of paint, paint brushes, or water for washing them), this art project is especially good for toddlers. But that doesn’t mean big kids won’t have a blast with these as well. My older daughter joined in and had just as much fun.

If you’d like to make some paint popsicles for your little ones, simply pour tempera paint into popsicle molds (I bought ours for $1 at the dollar store) and put in the freezer until frozen solid. Dip the mold in warm water to loosen the paint popsicles when you are ready to use them. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can use an ice cube tray and popsicle sticks.

Enjoy!

Have you tried this with your kiddos? I’d love to hear how it worked for you!

Read more of Jean’s writing at The Artful Parent.
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