This ice chalk activity is a perfect example of how artistic exploration and sensory play can often go hand in hand. After all, so many art mediums provide kids with a wonderful sensory experience at the same time! In the case of ice chalk, kids get to experience the cool feel of frozen chalk in their hands, the gooey feeling of melting ice, and the fun sensation of having dried corn starch stick to their fingers.
When I first heard about ice chalk from Reading Confetti, I knew I had to make it for my kids. I made ice chalk by combining 1 part corn starch with 1 part water dyed with our Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paint. The I poured the mixture into a muffin tin and placed it in the freezer for a few hours.
Once the mixture was frozen, I popped the ice chalk pieces out and placed several on a tray to take outside.
On the particular day we did this, it was in the 90s outside so the chalk began to melt very, very quickly.
When drawing with the ice chalk, the colors were not initially very vibrant, but they quickly became darker and more vibrant as the chalk dried.
The cold sensory experience provided by the ice chalk was fun for the kids. QBoy experimented by putting his feet on the cold chalk.
The melting ice chalk left thick puddles of colored cornstarch behind, which was a beautiful sight on our driveway.
QBoy enjoyed using his fingernail to scratch the cornstarch puddles off the driveway.
He ended up with a beautiful pile of dried chalk.
We have often played with sidewalk chalk, but this was our first experience with ice chalk, and it was wonderful! As you can probably tell from the pictures, however, the kids were in definite need of a bath by the time we were done!
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