Who doesn't love yummy ice cream? Bring the ice cream theme into your classroom or home to provide sweet treats, motor activity fun, a range of literacy skills, and even math skills! This preschool theme will have your little learners wanting more sensory ice cream activities, an ice cream taste test, and books about ice cream.
Explore these 30 activities and save hours of time developing fun lesson plans and ice cream crafts for your preschoolers!
1. Ice Cream Fork Painting
2. Pretend Ice Cream Shop
3. Share Your Cone
Pair this printable ice cream game with the children's book, Should I Share My Ice Cream?. This is a great opportunity to build social skills by having discussions about sharing. Preschoolers can even make their own paper ice cream cones and practice sharing with a friend.
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4. Coffee Can Ice Cream
Bring the kitchen to the classroom and let preschoolers make their own ice cream. Don't forget to taste test and add plenty of ice cream toppings to your finished product. Students can make their own ice cream sundae from the ice cream you make together.
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5. Pom-Pom Painting
Utilize classroom resources and things you already have on hand to create these adorable works of art. Use a sponge to trace a triangle shape and practice scissor skills to cut it and use it to stamp the ice cream cone. Then, let little hands use pom-poms to paint the top of the ice cream cone.
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6. Ice Cream Alphabet Game
Playful learning activities are always a great way to bring fun into the classroom. This alphabet matching game also helps little learners to practice motor skills. Easy to make, this will be a fun addition to any preschool classroom as your preschoolers make their own ice cream alphabet cones.
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7. Ice Cream Scoop Names
8. Ice Cream Order
This easy printable worksheet is a great way for preschoolers to practice putting items in order and deciding how to build an ice cream sundae or cone. They could color afterward as well. They could also practice counting the scoops they want to add.
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9. Blind Taste Test
Taste-testing is always fun, but add a twist by having preschoolers cover their eyes or wear a blindfold. Let little ones try different flavors and use their palette to determine which flavor they are trying. You could graph the results with a pictograph.
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10. Puff Paint Craft
11. Clothespin Ice Cream Parlor
Take a turn in a pretend ice cream parlor. Felt is perfect for cutting out the templates and making ice cream scoops and a cone for a fun play center. Your preschoolers can practice letter formation by writing down your order and clipping the ice cream scoops together to form a fun, pretend treat!
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12. Origami Ice Cream Cones
Origami is a fun, crafty activity that will help preschoolers practice fine motor skills by folding the paper into different creases. You can use patterned craft paper or plain paper and let preschoolers decorate their own ice cream craft.
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13. Ice Cream Letter Matching
This quick and easy printable is perfect for centers or independent work for students to practice matching uppercase and lowercase letters. Laminate a master set of letters and print out copies of the coloring sheet and you are all set!
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14. Ice Cream Dot Counting
This counting activity is fun for students and easy for teachers. You could actually do several activities with this printable. Students will enjoy dabbing bingo dabbers to make art, but in the meantime, they are practicing numeracy and counting skills.
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15. Ice Cream I Spy
16. Footprint Ice Cream Craft
Most little ones enjoy dipping their hands or feet into the paint to use their handprint or footprint to create a work of art! This footprint ice cream cone craft is sure to please. Preschoolers will enjoy making it and parents will enjoy seeing it.
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17. Handprint Ice Cream Cone Craft
Just like using footprints, preschoolers also love using handprints. These easy-to-make ice cream cone crafts will be a hit for preschoolers. They will get to cut, paint, and draw. This is a great activity for practicing fine motor skills.
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18. Cupcake Liner Ice Cream Cones
Cupcake liners, paper, glue, and markers make this activity one that is easy to put together. Preschoolers can cut out their cones, decorate their cupcake liners, and glue their artwork together. You could use paint instead of markers to complete the bottom of the cone.
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19. Paper Mache Ice Cream Sundaes
This activity will be a bit more involved and possibly messier, but tons of fun! Students can make the paper mache ice cream scoops and craft their own bowls. Then, they can make paper toppings and paint their ice cream scoops to look however they want!
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20. Ice Cream Coloring Pages
If you are tight on time, these free printables are perfect! Just print and let students color them. Fine motor practice and hand-eye coordination are great skills for the students to practice with this activity.
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21. Bubble Wrap Ice Cream Craft
What kid doesn't love bubble wrap? Even most adults do, too! If you can keep them from popping the bubble wrap, let students paint the bubble wrap and use it to create this unique work of art!
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22. Ice Cream Scoop Addition
23. Name Scoop
This is a great activity that will be good letter recognition, practice for spelling names, and fine motor skills. Students can match letters in their names to letters on stickers. Afterward, preschoolers can practice writing their names on paper.
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24. Letter Writing Ice Cream Scoops
25. Ice Cream Shape Match Up
26. Ice Cream Volcano
27. Ice Cream Play-doh Mats
28. Count the Scoops
This activity is a great way to bring realistic dramatic play into the classroom. Let preschoolers use a real ice cream scoop to count out the number of scoops for each number card. Let them practice adding scoops to the cone.
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29. Sprinkle Count
30. Ice Cream Cone Patterns
Print out the patterns and laminate them for your little learners. Then use a real ice cream cone to dip into paint and create the same patterns. This will be fun good motor and skill-building practice as they recreate the patterns.
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