Summer always has me craving ice cream. Maybe it’s just the heat, or maybe it’s the nostalgia. Memories of waiting for the ice cream truck, making homemade ice cream, or just simply enjoying a cool treat on the driveway during the long summer evenings. Just before summer ends, celebrate ice cream with books, crafts and other activities. Make an entire day out of it by tackling this ice cream craft, heading to the library to check out one of these great ice cream-related reads and then, of course, indulge in the creamy treat yourself!
Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cones
Recommended Ages: 4+ (My two-year-old participated and his looked a lot like a cone looks when a 2-year-old eats it, but he said it was beautiful and enjoyed the activity.)
- Shaving Cream
- Paint Brushes
- Construction Paper/Cardstock
- Optional- sprinkles, nuts, food coloring, popsicle sticks
- Cut a cone shape out of brown construction paper and glue it to paper of your choice. You could also use a popsicle stick to paint other frozen treats.
- Mix equal parts glue and shaving cream until stiff peaks form when you lift it up.
- Add color of your choice to make your favorite ice cream “flavor”(My boys like vanilla ice cream and opted to leave the paint white).
- Paint ice cream scoop onto the cone. I sketched a shape in pencil to give my 4-year-old an idea of where to paint.
- Add any details you would like. You can use other colors of paint to paint them or add the real items such as sprinkles, mini-chocolate chips or nuts.
Ice Cream Book Recommendations:
- "Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs" by Eric Litwin This one is our top pick. It is by the author of the "Pete the Cat" series and has the same fun repetitious pattern
- "Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream" by Rob Scotton
- "Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise" by H.A. Rey
- "Should I Share my Ice Cream" by Mo Willems
Other Ideas for Celebrating Ice Cream:
- Have an ice cream taste testing session. Grab a few pints of new flavors and get to tasting.
- Set up a pretend Ice Cream shop using bowls, spoons, cones, etc. Use imaginary ice cream or play dough. Create a menu and add real pricing to sneak in some math practice.
- Try your hand at homemade ice cream. There are quite a few tutorials online that do not require an ice cream maker.
- Visit a local Ice cream shop; Super Scoop in Edmond is on our summer fun list.
- See who can dream up the most creative ice cream flavor. This makes a great car trip game.
- Share the Ice Cream Love: Host an ice cream social for friends, family or neighbors.
About the writer: Formerly a school counselor, Megan now spends her days playing trucks, reading dinosaur books, dispensing snacks and adventuring with her three little men; ages 5, 2 and 6 months.