Icey Gloop

Benefits of Playing With Coloured Ice And Gloop

  • Mark Making – As they move the melting ice cubes in the tray they will leave a variety of different marks.
  • Creativity – As they test their ideas and create marks within the gloop
  • Colour Recognition – As they explore the different coloured ice cubes and name them by colour
  • Mixing Colours – As the colours begin to blend your little one will notice they have changed into a whole new colour.
  • Fine Motor Skills – As they maneuver the coloured ice cubes around the tray as well as poking, crumbling, squeezing and pouring the gloopy mixture.

Youtube Tutorial

Making The Coloured Ice Cubes

Just Grab:

  1. Ice Cube Tray
  2. Water
  3. Food Colouring


  1.  Add a drop of food colouring into the bottom of each section of the ice cube tray. You can do all one colour or you can add a selection of all different colours.
  2. Fill each section of the ice cube tray with water and use a spoon to combine the water with the food colouring. Add more food colouring for a stronger colour, just be aware that food colouring can stain little hands! Use the hack tagged below on how to remove some of that staining off of their skin. 
  3. Once you are happy with the colour of the water place the ice cube tray in the freezer and leave it until the water is fully frozen.

Making The Gloop

Just Grab:

  1. 250g or 2 1/2 Cups of Corn Flour / Cornstarch
  2. 250ml or 1 Cup of Water


  1. Once the coloured ice is ready it’s time to make the gloop!  
  2. Shake 2 1/2 cups of corn flour into the tray and slowly pour in 250mls of water, stopping to mix it occasionally. As the gloop gets thicker it will become tricky to mix with a spoon so get stuck in and use your hands to combine the mixture.
  3. Once the mixture is runny when you are gentle with it and crumbles when you are rough with it you have your gloop.

Creating The Activity

Pop out the coloured Ice cubes and place them into the tray with the gloop. You can also add in things like spoons and cups to extend your child’s play.

Find More Gloop Activities

Drippy Easter Eggs.

Monster Slime.

Dried Gloop Construction.

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