diy {Summer Fun: Paint Popsicles}

*Remember the Tweet Baby Designs giveaway is going on…see yesterday’s post*

*Chris pointed out that my little depth of field lesson yesterday probably wasn’t much help….well it was just really a definition of ‘depth of field’ and a lesson in recognizing that area in a picture. Come to a SnapShop to find out how to control your depth of field. Only kidding…I’ll post more on it soon.

Summer means swimsuits all day and lots of random outside activities. All my kids enjoy painting, but Littlest Brother has a hard time with getting an appropriate amount of paint on his brush or stamp…usually he gets way too much. Paint Popsicles are perfect for the toddler crowd. This is an outdoor activity and doesn’t result in paintings you really want to keep long term (powder paint can dry a bit chalky). However, it is a fun outside summer time killer.

To make Paint Popsicles you need: popsicle molds (or ice cube tray and popsicle sticks), Powder Paint, Water

Step 1: Combine powder paint and water, mix thoroughly (I used 1 1/3 cups water, 3 Tablespoons tempra paint powder)

Step 2: Pour into molds and freeze

Step 3: Run Paint Pop under water to begin the melting…then start painting

*This was perfect for my 2 year old as the paint melts as you go. My four year old enjoyed it too. Adult supervision is required, you must make sure your child understands it is paint…not a popsicle to eat. I used a long sheet of butcher paper to paint on. This would be great on old cardboard boxes too.

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  • meg duerksen - i can smell that tempera paint from here….. :)

  • jenn - so that is why I just dug out my popsicle molds 2 days ago! Thanks!

  • Yanet - Keep the things-to-do-in-the-summer coming! Thank you.

  • Mandi Smith - What a great idea! I can’t wait to try this with my 2 year old…that is when it stops snowing here in Wyoming :)

  • ashlee - brilliant!! my 2 year old will love this…and yes, he will probably try to eat it as well:)

  • Celia - I have a 21 month old…… awesome idea!!!!

  • Seamingly Sarah - Great idea! But I have to admit that I am going to stick with the finger painting. My 2 year old daughter loves to feel the paint on her hands. It results in all her paintings being two large circles of one oddly brown color (all colors mixed together end up being brown somehow and she always puts her two hands on the paper and rubs them around in circular motion)!

    But I am going to try stamps one of these days. For now I am lazy and am sticking with the paint, paper and easel already on hand.

  • Katie - Thanks so much for the idea!! My little girl will turn 2 on Friday and she hasn’t been able to grasp the idea of painting (well, she gets the idea of painting, just not the idea of not dipping the brush in until the paint reaches yoru wrist). This will be great for her!

  • Liene - This is such a great idea! I just love it, and we will certainly make paint popcicles when the weather overhere is somewhat warmer. What a briliant creative mind you have!

  • lorae - This is a terrific idea. I’ll be honest your pictures make those paint popsicles look good enough to eat. And yes please keep the ideas coming!

  • Jaimie - my kid might actually enjoy this! he isn’t really into painting, YET.

  • the inadvertent farmer - Brilliant a always…wonder if I could really convince my just 3 year old not to take a lick or two! Kim

  • Jane - Fabulous idea! I don’t think my 20 month old would be able to resists eating the paint popsicles, but hopefully soon!

  • Emily F - What a wonderful idea! My kids at school will love this!

  • Beth - Where do you get your big rolls of butcher paper at? Fun idea!!

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  • Yanet - Thank you, Chris, for pointing that out. For me it was a little like one of those magic eye pictures. I was never good at those either.

  • crystal - Yes, the depth of field definition and lesson was helpful. I love photography, however have not taken the time to learn any of the specifics. This was new to me and I found it interesting! Sorry Chris.

  • katherinemarie - SUPER!!!!! I’m wondering if you could use something like extra extra (unsweet) koolaid as a paint base and that might work in case they tried to lick. LOOKS like one crazy good time!

  • evie s. - Love this idea! I will have to do this with my son whenever we get some sunshine again. It’s been so dull and bleak the last few days…eager to see some rays!

  • Serena - Andrew will love this!! Thanks!! Now we need nice weather :)

  • Liz - I will never cease to be amazed by the cool things you do. I want to be a mom like you when my little one is older. Thanks for all the ideas!

  • Jennifer Perkins - These are so cute! I have a freezer full of ice crayons made with Kool Aid. I’ll be trying these next. Just need to find a popsicle mold at the thrift store.

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