Colorful Ice Melting


Development Level: Toddler

Learning Areas: Science, Movement, Art

Overview: Explore what happens when liquid watercolors turn to ice cubes. Support children in using their hands to apply heat in order to melt the ice in sensory bins.


  • Liquid watercolors of different colors
  • Ice trays
  • Pitcher for water
  • Access to a freezer
  • Large table-top trays or sensory bins
  • Butcher block paper (strips cut to line table tops and trays or sensory bins)
  • Masking tape
  • Children’s smocks or paint shirts

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