Winter Fun for Kids: Painting with Icicles

painting with an icicle on construction paper

Lily was thrilled to discover that you can “paint” on construction paper with icicles! The paper is fairly porous, so the water shows up right away, then dries so you can paint all over again!

painting with an icicle on construction paper

This was a great distraction from the virus she was battling, and she surprised me by making some pretty neat observations about her icicle:


It was so much fun that we decided to do it again with Johnny when he got home from preschool the next day! Lily showed him what to do:

painting with an icicle on construction paper
And Johnny was equally fascinated!

painting with an icicle on construction paper

Emma was very disappointed to discover that she had been left out of icicle painting, so we’ll be repeating this activity the next time we have icicles hanging from our roof!

Do you have any fun icicle activities? We’ve also used icicles to paint with Kool-Aid!


  1. says

    Fabulous! I love how observant your official cookie taster is, and how clear her speech is as well! :) She is just darling. What a great activity and ideal virus distraction. Hope she’s all better now.

  2. says

    How fun! It reminds me of those boards or mats you can paint with a water “marker.” My kids loved those when they were younger.

  3. says

    due to global warming, we’ll have to put this project off indefinitely ;) Seriously, we’ve had about an inch of snow all winter! Although, I guess we could make icicles in the freezer??
    We often paint with just water on construction paper and then we let the paper dry and reuse it the next day!

    • maryanne says

      We haven’t had icicles since! I was thinking we should pull out the paintbrushes and just paint with them – slightly messier but very fun!


  1. […] Regular blog readers know that my children spent time outside almost everyday, regardless of weather conditions. They have played in the rain, they have played in the snow. However, even I would not allow my children out after last week’s ice storm. Everything was coated in ice, the tree in our front yard lost one branch with a second branch seeming ready to fall at any moment. Our fairy garden made for an especially amusing sight, with icicles hanging off the tiny plastic houses and the button trees being encased in a layer of ice. As a safe means of exploring the ice that coated everything, I went out and broke a few small pieces off the branch that had fallen in our front yard to bring inside. LittleMan had seen icicles before, but ice-covered pine needles where a new sight which prompted much discussion about weather and how the ice formed around objects this way. We didn’t get the chance to explore much further than dissecting the ice to see the frozen objects inside, however next time I hope to do some painting with icicles, an idea I found on Mama Smiles. […]

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