Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ice Cream

May 15-21: Ice Cream
Book Suggestions:
Curious George Goes to the Ice Cream Shop by Alan J. Shalleck
Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons
Wemberly's Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henkes
From Milk to Ice Cream by Stacy Taus-Bolstad
Milk to Ice Cream by Inez Snyder
Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper
Ice Cream by Jules Older


10 Scoops of ice cream:
materials: construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: Before doing this activity, cut out an ice cream cone shape and 10 scoops of ice cream (all different colors) from construction paper. Show your little one the cone and all the scoops. Together you can glue the cone to a piece of paper and glue each scoop on top of each other. Count the scoops as you glue them. Talk about each color as you glue them also. You can hang this on your refrigerator and use it throughout the week to talk about colors and counting.
Skills Targeted: color recognition, counting, motor skill development, language development

Ice Cream Party:
Materials: ice cream, bowls, spoons, sprinkles, bananas, nuts, any other topping for ice cream
Description: Sometime this week, invite your child's friends over for an ice cream party. Give each child a scoop of ice cream in a bowl and have them add their own toppings to their ice cream! You and your little one will enjoy sharing ice cream with good friends.
Skills Targeted: develop friendships, sharing, language development, sensory development, make choices
Field Trip:
Description: Take a trip with your child to a local ice cream shop. Let your little one choose their flavor and order by themselves. Take some time to show them all the different ice cream in the cooler. Talk about how they have to keep ice cream cold or it will melt. Enjoy some quality time and delicious ice cream with your little one. Talk about how the ice cream feels cold as you eat it.
Skills Targeted: sensory development, develop life skills, language development, better understand their community

Materials: ice cream, a bowl
Description: Talk with your little one about ice cream and how it has to be kept in a freezer. Show your little one the freezer and let them feel how cold it is inside. Scoop some ice cream into a bowl and take it outside. Allow your little one to watch as the ice cream melts. Explain to them that when it gets warm, ice cream will melt. You could also show them other things that melt, such as ice.
Skills Targeted: sensory development, language development, observe ice cream melting, develop science skills

Felt Board Activity:
Materials: homemade felt board (check out our blog for directions on making your own felt board), different color felt, scissors, glue
Description: Make your own ice cream cones out of felt pieces. Simply cut out a cone shape and different color scoop of ice cream and glue them together. When the glue dries, use the felt ice cream cones on your felt board to sing songs, talk about the different colors or count ice cream cones. (check out the songs and fingerplays section for ideas on songs to sing while using your felt board)
Skills Targeted: color recognition, counting, sensory development, enhance pre-reading skills, enhance rhyming and songs, language development
Make Your Own Ice Cream:
Materials: milk, sugar, vanilla extract or chocolate syrup, ice, rock salt,
Description: Your little one will love making their own ice cream. Check out WikiHow for three different ways to make your own ice cream.
Skills Targeted: follow directions, motor skill development, life skills, language development, sensory development

Ice Cream Shapes:
Materials: construction paper, scissors
Description: Cut out a large triangle shape (ice cream cone) and a circle (ice cream scoop). Show these shapes to your toddler and see if they can identify each one. Have your little one glue the triangle and circle together to create an ice cream cone.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development

Songs and Fingerplays:

Ice Cream Colors:

Some ice cream is red, like strawberry and cherry.
Some ice cream is blue like yummy blueberry.
Some ice cream is brown like pralines and cream.
Some ice cream is orange like peaches and cream.
Ice cream can be many colors you see.
No matter the color, it’s all delicious to me!

5 Ice Creams:

5 yummy ice cream cones on an ice cream truck.
A little boy bought one and ate it up.
4 delicious ice cream cones, one is strawberry.
A little girl ate it, her name was Mary.
3 ice cream cones, as cold as ice.
My friend shared hers with me, isn't that nice?
2 ice cream cones, yum, yum, yum
My mom bought one and gave me some!
1 chocolate ice cream cone, all alone.
My dad ate it as soon as he got home.

Ice Cream, Ice Cream
(sung to the tune of Bubble Gum Bubble Gum in a dish)

Ice cream, ice cream
In a dish.
How many flavors do you wish?
Chocolate, lime,
Vanilla, mint,
or maybe cherry?
Ice Cream, ice cream
In a dish.
A scoop of each flavor, is what I wish!

Online Fun:

Make your own ice cream:
Check out to create your own ice cream with sprinkles and toppings. You can print your toddler's creations too!

First-School has a great online ice cream puzzle.


Make Your Own Ice Cream:
Wiki How has three different ways that you and your toddler can make homemade ice cream.

Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Ingredients: ice cream, cookies,
Directions: Simply put a scoop of you toddler's favorite ice cream between two soft cookies and enjoy!

Banana Splits:
Ingredients: bananas, ice cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles
Directions: Slice a banana length wise, add a couple of scoops of ice cream on top and top with your toddlers favorite toppings.

Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Ingredients: margarine, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt, ice cream
Directions: Visit for an easy ice cream sandwich recipe. Your little one will enjoy helping you make homemade ice cream sandwiches.

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