Fourth of July Chilly Ice Play Ideas

July 4th

Cool off on the Fourth of July with red, white and blue ice activities! Whether you’re looking for a patriotic art activity for the kids or you want to dress up your Independence Day party, these icy cold ideas will help everyone chill out and celebrate!

Patriotic Paint

Make your own kids’ paint using food coloring and water. Add a few drops of either blue or red coloring into an ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. Leave a few empty (i.e., don’t add food coloring) compartments, making the clear cubes the white part of the red, white and blue play. After the cubes are frozen, pop them out and put them down on a piece of white paper or poster board. As your child moves them around, the ice will melt and release the colors.

Ice Sculpture

Use the red, white and blue cubes to make an American flag. Line them up on a baking sheet, creating an icy version of the stars and stripes. Yes, it will melt. But, the fun of it is in the work. Take a picture to remember the July 4th sculpture.

Table Dressing

You’ve got an ice bucket out already to keep the drinks cold. Instead of using plain clear ice, toss in a few red and blue ones for a fun look.

Tasty Treat

Instead of using food coloring, use red, blue and white (something light, such as lemonade or white raspberry) drink mix to add hues. Before the cubes can freeze all the way, add popsicle sticks (or cut plastic straws) into them to make patriotic pops!