Entertain the kids with this quick and easy ice art and science activity! Create beautiful process art while learning about the behavior of ice and salt.

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The moment I saw these beautiful ice art creations from The Artful Parent and Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas I knew we were going to have to try this hands-on science activity out for ourselves.

We have a history with salt and ice after all! We have learned in several different ways how salt melts ice. First we did our Fishing for Ice experiment. Then we made ice cream and fruity slushy drink using the super cooling power of a salty icy mixture. It’s only natural we should do an ice art experiment with salt and ice now!

This experiment is quick, easy to clean up, and completely dazzling!

Entertain the kids with this quick and easy ice art and science activity! Create beautiful process art while learning about the behavior of ice and salt.

Total Time: 5-30 minutes, depending on how engaged the kids are!

Safety Concerns: None.

Entertain the kids with this quick and easy ice art and science activity! Create beautiful process art while learning about the behavior of ice and salt.

Materials:

Ice cubes

Table salt

Liquid Watercolors

Paintbrushes

My kids also used glitter glue and glitter, which added a very festive flare, but it is certainly not required!

Entertain the kids with this quick and easy ice art and science activity! Create beautiful process art while learning about the behavior of ice and salt.

Make Ice Art

  • Place the ice cubes in a tub, a casserole dish, or a baking sheet.
  • Have the kids sprinkle salt over the ice. Wait a few minutes and watch how the individual grains of salt melt tunnels into the ice.
  • Paint the ice using your liquid watercolors. Watch how the colors fall into the caves created by the salt. Admire your beautiful creations!
Entertain the kids with this quick and easy ice art and science activity! Create beautiful process art while learning about the behavior of ice and salt.

Want more ways to play and learn with ice? Check out these ten simple ice science activities and ice heart painting for Valentine’s Day!

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