Ice Cream Play Dough

Since we had so much fun with our ice cream literacy and math, we checked out another ice cream book from the library by one of our favorite authors, Mo Willems.   Should I Share My Ice Cream? is an Elephant and Piggie book in which Gerald must decide if he should share his ice cream with Piggie.

After our book we whipped up a batch of ice cream play dough using the recipe found here.  I liked that the kids could help with all of it, but didn't like that it was a little grainy from the salt (although the kids didn't mind that a bit.)  I wish I would have thought to add vanilla or cherry extract to make it smell more like ice cream.

I also made some ice cream cones from brown construction paper and got out the ice cream scoop, which both my kids are fascinated with.  We got to making some ice cream cones.

Then I put out some cupcake liners and we made some sundaes.  When they were bored with that, I pulled out my secret weapon...sprinkles.

When we were done playing, I packed up the play dough, sprinkles and all.  A few hours later, I checked to see what it looked like.  The sprinkles start to bleed their color into the dough similar to our sprinkle fireworks.  

The kids loved playing with it again.  After a while, the sprinkles dissolve and make the play dough an unattractive color, but in the meantime the swirls of rainbow color make it even more fun.

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  1. I love this idea! I will have to try it with my little guy!

  2. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing. =)

    Heather's Heart

  3. This is AWESOME! My daughter is going to love this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh fun! I am working a monthly series with books and activities. I hope to have it live July 25th! I might need you for inpiration. You have lots of great info. I am your newest GFC follower from The Girl Creative. Love for you to dtop by and return the follow when you can :) Hosting Mom's Monday Mingle tonight and tomorrow. Love for you to join. Last week we had over 180 mom blogs. Love to have you!

  5. better to make real ice cream

    1. I'm pretty sure we'd have gotten less play time out of that.

  6. What fun! It looks good enough to eat! ;-)

    I'd love if you'd share on my blog!

  7. that's so cute! i actually does look like ice cream! thanks for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  8. I kind of want to take a bite, LOL.

  9. What a super idea! Saying hi from the mom on a time out hop! thanks for sharing such a educational and fun project!

  10. Love it! Featuring you this week on Things' I've Done Thursday!

  11. This looks like so much fun! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I've pinned and shared :) Thank you for posting!

  12. Lori,
    Just a courtesy note to let you know I have pinned your "Ice cream play dough" 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
    Warm Regards

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