Summer is almost upon us and the weather is heating up. Keep cool this summer with natural paintsicle painting. All you need are some popsicle molds (or an ice tray and tongue depressors) and some craft paint (Clementine Art makes an all-natural version). For the preschool aged child, exploration of the properties of materials under a variety of circumstances (hot, cold, frozen, melting) is a cognitive bonanza, and helps her to make sense of the world.
Watching children paint helps me to make sense of the world.
Pour the paint in the molds and freeze overnight.
Dip in a warm water bath to demold.
Paint on heavyweight paper. Outside is a good place.
I've been delighting in and learning from children for almost 20 years as a teacher, and former owner of Clementine Studio: Art Space for Children. I love to watch a child's spirit emerge and develop through the process of art. I'm also a big fan of stilling my mind with yoga, meditation, and the art of mindfulness, cooking up a fresh, local and organic dinner from the Farmer's Market, making sweet music with my friends, and baking fancy birthday cakes.