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On the art table or at the easel, set out paints in ice cream colors. Add drops of appropriate food flavoring extract, such as peppermint to green paint, chocolate to brown paint, cherry to pink paint, and vanilla to white paint. Invite your children to use the paints to create any kind of ice cream pictures they wish.

Cut three sundae dish shapes out of felt. Cut nine circles out of white felt for ice-cream scoops. Place the sundae dish shapes on a flannelboard. Let your children take turns placing three scoops of “ice cream” in each dish as everyone signs the following song.

Tune: “Ten Little Indians”
One little, two little, three little scoops,
Four little, five little, six little scoops.
Seven little, eight little, nine little scoops
In three ice cream sundaes.
Jean Warren

For each of your children, use a brown marker to draw several rows of empty ice cream cones, about ¾-inch tall, across a piece of white paper. Let your children use two or three colors of markers to draw scoops of ice cream at the top of the cones. As the children work, encourage them to create patterns with the ice cream colors: pink, green, pink, green; yellow, brown, brown, yellow, yellow, brown, brown, yellow; and so forth. When they have finished, invite them to name their colors and flavors of ice cream cones.
Make a chart by drawing two columns down a large piece of paper. At the top of the columns, print the names of two ice cream flavors, such as Vanilla and Chocolate. Go around your group, asking each child to tell which of the two flavors he or she prefers, and print the child’s name in the appropriate column. When the chart is complete, count together the number of names in each column. Ask the children to tell which flavor is most popular with the group and which flavor is least popular. If desired, make more charts for showing preferences of other ice cream flavors.

Cut a triangular ice cream cone shape out of brown felt and circles of other colors of felt to represent scoops of ice cream. Place the circles in a bag and have your children sit with you in a circle. Start a story about a very tall ice cream cone as you place the cone shape at the bottom of a flannelboard. Then pass the bag around the circle and let the children take turns removing the ice cream circles, naming the colors, and placing them one above the other on top of the cone. As they do so, incorporate their ice cream scoops into your story. When the towering ice cream cone is complete, bring your story to an end.

Introduce your children to the long I sound. Point out that the word ice cream has the long I sound at the beginning. Let your children help you make a list of other words that start with the long I sound. Your list could include words such as icicles, ice cubes, iceberg, ice skate, iris, and island.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day, which falls on the third Sunday in July. Or observe the Ice Cream Cone’s birthday on September 22.
Let your children make pretend scoops of ice cream by rolling pastel colors of playdough into balls.
Teach your children this popular rhyme: “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”
Encourage the children to use their imaginations to invent new ice cream flavors. What colors might their new flavors be?


Have your children stand in an open area and circle their arms above their heads, pretending to be ice cream cones. Then sing the song below and have them slowly sink to the floor as they “melt” in the hot sun.

Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

We are ice cream cones
On a summer’s day,
Melting, melting, melting, melting,
Melting all away.
Heather McPhail


Tune: “Did You Ever See a Lassie?”

Oh, let’s clap our hands for ice cream,
For ice cream, for ice cream.
Oh, let’s clap our hands for ice cream,
’Cause we love it so.
It’s cold and it’s sweet
And it’s our favorite treat.
Oh, let’s clap our hands for ice cream,
’Cause we love it so.
Heather McPhail

More verses: “Oh, let’s stomp our feet, Oh, let’s nod our heads,” and so forth.

Try one or both of the ideas below for snacktime.
Freezer Peach Ice Cream: In a blender container, whirl until smooth 2 cups frozen sliced peaches, 1 cup Half & Half, and 3 tablespoons honey (or to taste). Pour into a shallow pan and place in the freezer until set.
Ice Cream Sundaes: Give each of your children a scoop of ice cream in a small bowl. Invite them to make sundaes by adding such toppings as chocolate sauce, fruit jam, chopped nuts, and whipped cream.