Coloured Ice


A nice blanket of snow and sub zero temperatures provided the perfect conditions to play around with coloured ice. The sun also helped, and the squirrels didn’t.


  • plastic containers in a variety of sizes
  • ice cube trays
  • water
  • food colouring
  • spoon for mixing
  • bowl for hot water (big enough to hold the largest of your containers)
  • cloth
  • tray



1. Gather an assortment of plastic containers and ice cube trays to provide a variety of shapes and sizes to work with. Fill them with water, add food colouring (sneak in a little lesson about colour theory), and mix. For the ice cube trays, prepare the coloured water in something like a measuring cup for easy pouring.


2. Place outside to freeze overnight. Easy right? That’s what I thought. Enter the psychotic squirrels who hang out in our garden, who saw this as a wonderful opportunity to hydrate themselves. Yellow water seemed to be a real favourite. To avoid disappointment, you may want to cover the containers. I’m just saying…


3. Gather up the kids, bring along a bowl of hot water and a cloth, and find a perfect spot for making your magnificent creations. To release the ice from the large containers, briefly dip them in the bowl of hot water. The ice can now be combined and stacked in all sorts of interesting ways. Dipping ice in water will allow it to attach to other pieces. Just hold in place for a few moments until it sticks.


Keep in mind food colouring can stain, so choose areas with grass or pavement underneath, rather than the lovely wood on your deck. Spring may reveal a new rainbow look you weren’t expecting.






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36 responses to “Coloured Ice

  1. So cute~my four boys would love it!!

  2. These are awesome! Looks kinda like what I did with balloons! Read the blog post here: (GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE, EH?) 🙂

  3. I did forget to mention that I LOVED the jigsaw puzzle pieces! Those are so cute! Do you normally use them for ice in a drink? You could probably also MELT crayons into the jigsaw forms for neat shaped crayons for the kids!

    • I love melted crayon projects. I’m tempted to go and buy some since my house is devoid of crayons. It’s the sort of thing that mysteriously vanishes from your home once your kids get older. The jigsaw puzzle tray was a gift, and we still haven’t used it to make ice for drinks, but I’m inspired now!

  4. Oooooh! Can’t WAIT to do this! Clever!!!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing. I’d love to have you come link this up to our Teach Me Tuesday Linky – it’s brand new and in need of creative contributions!

  6. How beautiful……and fascinating! Now I’m wishing for colder weather again!

  7. I totally love this, great idea!

  8. easycraftsforchildren

    That is a great idea, bring children outside to play with the snow.
    Wonderful !!

  9. That is a very cool idea. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your ideas are great

  10. Thanks for sharing with us at Share It Saturday! My kids would love doing this!

  11. this looks so fun!! Thanks for linking at What to do Weekends! Hope I see you with your creations next week also. Linda

  12. Christine

    That looks like so much fun! I’m going to make some with my little ladies!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! See you tomorrow evening! 🙂

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  14. You really have some interesting containers. I bet the kids had fun playing with the colored ice and also liked watching it melt.

  15. What a cool project! I am sharing it with my Facebook readers here:

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Look forward to seeing you again this week,
    Beth =-)

  16. Diana Rambles

    So much fun! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

  17. Oh my gosh, how fun for winter!

    I have a weekend Link party if you’d care to join:

  18. Oh, this is the perfect winter fun activity!! I love it. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. Have a wonderful weekend.

  19. Thanks for sharing your cool idea with us! Stop by again next week and link up another cool idea.

    Have a great week!
    Susie @bowdabra

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