We have been having fun with our toddler and preschool ice cream theme. Whenever we go to the ice cream store, my girls are fascinated with all the colors and flavors of ice cream available. I knew they would have so much fun running their own ice cream shop. With just a little advanced preparation, toddlers and preschoolers can run their own ice cream store right in their own home—or outside, which is where my girls set up their shop.
First make sure to have several “flavors” of ice cream made ahead of time. Our ice cream consisted of 4 scented playdough creations.
I made one batch of vanilla-scented playdough. I used my regular playdough recipe and added some vanilla extract to the water. One batch fits perfectly in a pint container. The chocolate playdough smells soooo good! I used the chocolate playdough recipe from Pre-Kinders. Mint was the basic version plus mint extract, and for the strawberry—I forgot to buy the strawberry-flavored Kool-aid—but that’s what I would have used. Doesn’t it look good?
I made a little menu so the girls could take ice cream orders.
I’ll have a sundae please! 🙂 I printed this on cardstock and laminated. The girls used a dry-erase marker, but a wet-erase or dry-erase crayon would work too.
I picked up a couple of ice cream scoops and bowls from the Dollar Tree.
It’s hard work scooping out ice cream! I love how her little tongue sticks out when concentrating. She was very excited about having a pretend playdough ice cream party!
I filled an empty Hershey’s Cocoa container with pieces of brown string. The girls pretended this was chocolate syrup.
Doesn’t the playdough ice cream look real?
The nice thing is that this kind of ice cream does not melt. And you can use it more than once. I’m sure we’ll be playing ice cream shop many more times this summer!
So fun, colorful and yummy looking! Love that the play dough can be scooped into a ball.
Mama Jenn says
This is too stinkin cute! LOVE IT!!!!!
Rachel E. says
So cute! I love your ideas…and that little girl is so squeeze-ably cute. But, of course you know that.
Stef Layton says
could you be any more fun ??
This is darling! Where did you get the pint containers for the playdoh?
Confessions Of A Homeschooler says
That's too cute, my daughters would love it!
Jackie H. says
I love this one too. I'm loving your icecream unit… maybe it's my huge love of icecream that draws me to this study! 🙂 We like to do storytime playdates with our friends. Some of these icecream ideas would be perfect for an icecream social playdate!
I got the pint containers at The Dollar Tree, but you can pick up any old plastic container.
I'm glad you all are getting some ideas! The girls and I have been having fun with this unit.
Giggly Girls says
Wow, you are the coolest mom. I happen to have those ice cream dishes so I might just have to be cool like you and get this set up.
I love, love, LOVE this! I was thinking about doing an ice cream unit this summer for fun and this just made up my mind to do it. We will definitely be using your ideas. So cute! 🙂
Tina Peterson says
What a fun activity. I think I'm going to send it to my sister for her to use in her daycare. Do you have the recipe for the kool aid playdo? I haven't seen the recipe for years and it's one of the best. I know you use kool aid packs, flour, water and you have to cook it on the stove. That's it.
I'm going to add your button to Family Literacy and you and forward it to the montessori school I work with.
Thanks! Tina "The Book lady"
Great minds think alike – I just bought these dishes at the dollar store for the exact same purpose!
I will link this post in mine when I do it 😉
I soooo love this! 🙂 Featuring it on this week's High paw. Thanks for adding it to the linky Maureen! 🙂
thanks – my kindergarten students will love the ice cream menu
Just wondering if you have my recipe for Ice Cream In a Bag. It's a great summer activity (and treat) for the kids! It fits in with your unit, too.
I love all these ideas! We're starting on an ice cream unit next week… it will be perfect for summer. I'm definitely using a lot of your ideas! Thanks for sharing!
So adorable! My daughter would love this. 🙂
Christianne @ Little Page Turners says
Thanks for the printables and inspiration! http://littlepageturners.blogspot.com/2011/07/ice-cream-birthday.html
Just a courtesy note to let you know I have pinned your “Preschool ice cream store” post to a pinterest board with a collection of learning resources to support learning through playing ice cream shops. You will find lesson ideas, learning activities and resources on my boards. You can view my boards at http://pinterest.com/fingerpprojects/
Thanks for including my post Trudy!
I LOVE this! My girls would too – such a cute idea. Found you on StumbleUpon – I love that I find great content like this, that I might never otherwise!
Michelle Robertson says
I I love this idea and would like to give it as a b-day present but when I click on the link to print the ice cream menu it isn’t working. am I clicking on the wrong place?
Maureen Spell says
You can find all the ice-cream themed printables here http://www.hsprintables.com/icecream.html
I love to give the idea a try…