Continuing with our summer theme, the kids and I had an ice-cream factory messy play session! I’d seen ice cream play dough on Pinterest (where else?) and discovered on Play Create Explore that it was actually really easy to make! We used:
- Alberto Basalm coconut conditioner
- cocoa powder for the chocolate icecream
We also made some ‘strawberry sauce’, which was red berry showergel mixed with cornflour and a little water. To make the ice cream, we simply mixed the conditioner with the cornflour. That simple!
Next, we made some sprinkles and decorations to go on top of our creations.
- We mixed rice crispies with food colouring- liquid colours work best for this. Simply pour the rice crispies into a bowl, add a dash of colour and mix mix mix.
- We used shaving foam for cream.
- We poured out some of our raninbow rice for more colour, and pasta bows for wafers.
- We poured our strawberry sauce into a proper sauce jug.
- We prepared some spoons and some real wafer cornets. We used the cones with flat bottoms so that we could place them on a flat surface while we played.
Once all of our bits and pieces were ready and the Tuff Spot was set up, I invited the children to come and play! I was keen to engage the preschooler in some role play and as we had visited an ice cream shop last week, I asked him what he remembered about it. We talked about how the lady had made our cones up and how she had let us decorate them ourselves with sprinkles. We also talked about paying for our ice creams and for a while he was really engaged in playing shopkeepers. He loved taking orders and making ice creams for us all!
There could be no getting away from the fact that the ice cream dough made for an excellent sensory experience, and one that all three children were keen to get in on.
- The preschooler loved to pour the rainbow rice and coloured sprinkles onto his hands and onto the tray. He watched them bounce.
- The baby loved playing with the strawberry sauce, letting it run through her fingers and spreading it onto her legs!
- The Big One was very brave and explored the sensation of the foam on her hands
- All three were delighted with the fact that ice cream dough smelt so delicious!
And there can also be no getting away from the fact that our ice cream factory was very messy!
And where there is mess, there is fun! The kids LOVED this play session. So much so that I did not try to direct their play much at all, and we did not worry about letters or numbers today. It was so lovely seeing them just play and laugh!
For me, I was delighted at how real the dough looked. When I showed Ghostwriterdaddy the photos, he was very disappointed to discover that the freezer was not bursting with treats! The texture is also very much like ice cream, and it even feels cold to the touch. I cannot tell you how much we love cornflour in our messy play! We are also big fans of shaving foam, and it made a really nice contrast to the dough today- as well as looking very much like whipped cream!
This is one messy play session that does take a little preparation but it is definitely worth it. And for those of you that will ask me how on earth we tidied up at the end? Simple. We scooped the whole lot up with a dustpan and brush and that was that. The Tuff Spot wiped clean and you wouldn’t know we were there 5 minutes later!
Ice cream playdough is a must! A wonderful sensory and role play experience- for children of all ages!