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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.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

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.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

Once the mixture was frozen, I popped the ice chalk pieces out and placed several on a tray to take outside.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

On the particular day we did this, it was in the 90s outside so the chalk began to melt very, very quickly.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

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.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

The cold sensory experience provided by the ice chalk was fun for the kids. QBoy experimented by putting his feet on the cold chalk.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

The melting ice chalk left thick puddles of colored cornstarch behind, which was a beautiful sight on our driveway.


Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

QBoy enjoyed using his fingernail to scratch the cornstarch puddles off the driveway.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

He ended up with a beautiful pile of dried chalk.

Ice chalk - art with a frozen sensory twist! || Gift of Curiosity

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!

I invite you to check out other sensory play ideas on my All About Sensory Play page and my Sensory Play Pinterest board.

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Products mentioned in this post:

Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paint 8 oz.

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  14 Responses to “Ice chalk – a frozen sensory art experience!”

  1. Just pinned your ice chalk. This looks like something I would enjoy doing with Madison as well She loves to color. Just hope she doesn’t try to eat it. I’m assuming that it is pretty safe but still would prefer it not to happen. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • If she’s likely to put it in her mouth, you might want to use food coloring instead of liquid watercolors. Everything else in the recipe is safe for consumption!

  2. Looks fun and messy, just how kids like it! This is great for the summer, we may try it when it is over 100 again.

  3. My 5 year old would love this! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oooo–that’s messy! But fun. :)
    –Gena

  5. This looks like so much fun!! Isn’t corn starch the best?! I just shared this on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page–thanks so much linking it up at Teach Me Tuesday!!

  6. What a great idea – never seen that before #CountryKids

  7. A fun messy play activity with a cooling effect too! Thanks for sharing your ideas and photos with Country Kids.

  8. Fun post! Thanks for linking it to Tuesday Tots. I’ve featured it this week on Learn with Play at Home. :)

  9. […] to use liquid watercolors. They have art activities that range from using watercolours with soap, ice, flowers and even oil! We no longer believe that oil is just for cooking […]

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