Glitter Ice Painting Sticks

These glitter ice painting sticks are a great way to create on a hot, sunny day.

In fact, this is the perfect process art activity to take outdoors, and it makes a great addition to the hands-on color activities collection found in our Rainbows & Kaleidoscopes STEAM activities set!

Glitter ice painting

Glitter Ice Painting Sticks

You will need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Lolly sticks or craft sticks
  • White poster board     Glitter ice painting supplies


Add glitter to each section of the ice tray.

Add a few drops of food colouring to each section of the tray.

Tip: If you choose complimentary colours, such as red, blue and purple or pink, or yellow, blue and green, you are less likely to end up with a sparkly brown splodge at the end!

Glitter ice painting tutorial

Fill the tray with water. Be careful not to overfill or your colours will mix.

Add a lolly stick to each section of the tray.

Glitter and bead ice painting preparation

Place the ice tray in the freezer and allow the cubes to freeze completely.

ice painting ideas

Have younger children? Pair the ice painting sticks with our sensory ice cube painting exploration for toddlers and preschoolers.

Get Creating:

Once frozen, take the ice cubes and drop them onto the poster board.

Glitter and bead ice painting tutorial

Ice painting sticks

Use the sticks to move the cubes around. You’ll start to see the ice melting, leaving colourful glittery trails.

Glitter ice painting sticks

Encourage your child to experiment with the ice paint to create lines and shapes as they paint.Ice stick painting

Glitter ice stick painting

Continue painting with the ice sticks until all of the ice has melted and you have a cool design on your poster board!

Ice painting ideas

Blot the poster board with kitchen paper/paper towel to remove excess liquid (if required) and hang your finished artwork to dry.

Glitter ice painting idea

For even more ways to inspire kids to create, experiment, explore, engineer and imagine with colour, check out the 25 STEAM activities included in our fun, hands-on learning resource, Rainbows & Kaleidoscopes:

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Ice painting sticks DIY

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