We've enjoyed some gorgeous weather here recently, & when the sun shines nothing quite beats an ice cream! :) Minnie loves it, so I thought an ice cream stand (with the pretend variety) would make a perfect role play area for her.
We made up a batch of playdough, & once cooled we split it into four & added food colouring to create the different flavours. Minnie asked for strawberry, chocolate, & mint, & I added vanilla. For the chocolate ice cream we rolled the playdough in cocoa powder & kneaded it into the dough. For the vanilla ice cream we simply added vanilla essence & no food colouring. We added mint essence to the green dough & strawberry to the pink coloured dough, & placed in four recycled shallow trays, perfect for mini ice cream containers.
To make the ice cream cones we used some recycled corrugated cardboard that I'd saved from a previous craft.
|Exploring size & shape with the different scoops
|Minnie discovered the scoops made great patterns in the playdough too
|Adding a few sprinkles & a pea!
|Minnie had a little mix & added some glitter!!
|Minnie added food bags to her play area so she could wrap the ice creams up before handing them out - genius!
|Yummmm! Comparing size... which one to go for ?
|You can never have enough ice cream! ;-)
|An umbrella just adds that finishing touch!
The ice cream stand has been great for encouraging sensory exploration, maths, imaginary play, language, creativity & colour recognition/mixing.
We've kept the ice cream stand up in the corner of our kitchen as a mini play area (which we can easily take outside too), & simply wrap the playdough in an airtight bag ready for play the next day.
Check out our easy peasy homemade strawberry ice cream - a real summer treat! :-)