Flannel Board
(Make flannelboard pieces for this and all of the following:)
First we need a cone, (brown triangular felt ice cream cone shape)
Nice and crunchy.
Then we need some ice cream,
Sweet and yummy,
Scoop 'em on; stack 'em on'
Up to the sky.
We love ice cream; my, oh my!

First comes vanilla,
Cold and sweet. (white felt ice cream scoop)
Then comes chocolate (brown scoop)
A delicious treat.
Here's some strawberry; (red/pink scoop)
Orange sherbet, too, (orange scoop)
A super-duper scooper cone
Just for you!

One scoop, two scoops,
Three scoops, four.
We love ice cream
Let's have some more!
(Also have available a blue scoop (blueberry), yellow scoop (lemon sherbet), etc....and change the words of the poem.)

Ice Cream Cones Story:
Five ice cream cones at the ice cream shop
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top.
One little ice cream took some time to think.
He mixed in some bubblegum and turned himself to pink.
Little Suzie(student)came along
And took that yummy ice cream home

Four ice-cream cones at the ice cream shop
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top.
Then one little ice-cream knew what he should do.
He mixed in some blueberries and turned his flavor to blue
Little __________ came along
And took that yummy ice-cream home.

Three little ice creams at the ice cream shop.
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top.
One little ice cream was a smart little fellow.
He mixed in some lemonade and turned himself to yellow.
Little ___________ came along
And took that yummy ice cream home.

Two Little Ice Cream cones at the ice-cream shop.
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top.
One little ice-cream got an idea in his head.
He mixed in some raspberries and turned his color to red.
Little ____________came along
And took that yummy ice-cream home.

One little ice-cream at the ice-cream shop.
But no one wanted to buy it with vanilla on top.
Alone and sad, he really wanted to go,
So he mixed in all the colors and made his shade rainbow!

Ice Cream Colors
(Cut scoops out of colors mentioned plus a brown cone)
We have ice cream, the best in town,
Let us begin with chocolate brown.
Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink,
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.
Here is ice cream minty and green,
It is the creamiest I have ever seen.
Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,
We like its taste from the very start.
Scoops of blueberry would make my day,
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!
Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,
All these scoops are a heavenly sight.
Vanilla white is a popular flavor,
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.
Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,
Good and yummy till the very last lick.
Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,
We love ice cream in any combination!

Make up a Flannel Board Story
Make alot of large circles of different colors (they are ice cream scoops) and a brown cone to fit the circles.
Tell the story about a child (make up a name, mabe one in your care, they like to hear their name in a story) who got to go to the mall with their mom (you can adlib and ask if anyone gets to go to the mall etc.) While they were shopping Mom said when we are all done we will go to the icecream store(adlib somemore to see if they get to go to the icecream store)

When they get to the ice cream store there are sooo many flavors to choose from. Let them choose flavors for the colors you have. Gee, I think I want bubblegum(pink), so the store lady puts on a pink circle, now I want banana, (yellow.)

Keep going until the cone is huge and stacked with circles.(make a bowl out of flannel too and a spoon). They are very happy with her great big icecream but oh no it starts to slide of the cone so mom and whoever decide to put it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon.

Make an art project too of an icecream cone like in the story. cut out all kinds of colored circles and a cone shape. They glue as many circles on their cone as they want. Use the large construction paper and turn it on end.

Ice Cream Flannel Board Story
I used to use this little story in my class and all the kids loved it:)
For ease, I copied a white picture of an ice-cream cone, then painted it with watercolors to suit the story.

You will need 5 cones separate from scoops, 5 white scoops (vanilla) and one yellow, one red, one pink, one blue and one with a stripe of yellow, red, blue and pink to make rainbow.

As you call the names, let your students come to the flannel board and take the ice cream back to their seat. Great reinforcement of color recognition also.

Sensory Table

Get inexpensive tub of ice-cream and scoop into the sensory table. Let the children play in it! Yucky but fun.

Go out on the sidewalk (on a hot sunny day) bring a plastic bowl, metal pie tin and a glass dish. Put one spoonful of ice-cream on each and on directly on the sidewalk (or black top). What will Melt first, second, third. . . why do you think we got the results that we did? If the ice-cream is different colors will it make a difference?

Glue a large triangle (the cone) on a piece of paper and finger-paint the ice-cream scoop. Fun twist: Instead of using paint use REAL ice-cream to paint with!

Make an art project too of an ice cream cone like in any of the flannelboard stories above. Cut out all kinds of colored circles and a cone shape. They glue as many circles on their cone as they want.
Use the large construction paper and turn it on end.

Songs and Fingerplays

Who Likes Ice Cream?
(Mailbox Magazine)
(tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low?)
Do you like ice cream? (Hold hands out, palms up)
Do you like it in a bowl? (Use hands to make bowl shape)
Do you like to eat it fast? (Pretend to hold a spoon and eat fast)
Do you like to eat it slow? (Pretend to hold a spoon and eat slow)
Do you like it with some syrup (Pretend to squeeze a bottle)
With some sprinkles, or some nuts? (Pretend to shake a jar)
Do you like ice cream? (Hold hands out, palms up)

Take Me Out for Some Ice Cream
(Mailbox Magazine)
(tune: Take Me Out to the Ballgame)
Take me out for some ice cream
Please take me out right away!
Maybe a chocoloate or strawberry cone--
I want one I can lick on my own.

Then I’ll lick, lick on my ice cream,
You won’t hear a moan or a groan!
For it’s one, two
Three scoops on top
Of a crunch cone!

Building a Sundae
(tune: Peanut Butter)
First you take the ice cream and you scoop it, you scoop it!
Then you take the toping and you pour it, you pour it
Sundae, ice cream sundae, with sprinkles!
Sundae, ice cream sundae, with sprinkles!

Next you take the whipped cream and you squirt it, you squirt it!
Then you take the sprinkles and you shake ‘em, you shake ‘em.
Sundae, ice cream sundae, with sprinkles!
Sundae, ice cream sundae, with sprinkles!

Next you take a cherry and you place it, you place it
Then you take a spoon and you dig in, you dig in
Sundae, ice cream sundae, with sprinkles!
Sundae, ice cream sundae, with sprinkles!
(This could also be made into a flannel board activity by cutting pieces to go with the story)

Ice Cream Cones for Sale by Elaine Greenstein
Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop by Margret Rey

Give each child a scoop of ice-cream or 2 in a bowl. Have them sit at a table that they fit comfortably at. Make them Keep their hands behind their backs and eat the ice-cream with only their mouths! Video tape or take pictures

Scream Relay
Teach the kids: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" Divide the class in half and have a competition. Which team can say it the loudest. Then have them all say it together. Have a third party judge and they will be able to see that working together, they make the most noise.

Read Shel Silversteins's "Eighteen Flavors"the Sidewalk Ends. 
Have students act out the poem and use props. 
Eighteen Flavors"
Eighteen luscious, scrumptious flavors
Chocolate, lime and cherry,
Coffee, pumpkin, fudge banana
Caramel cream and boysenberry.
Rocky road and toasted almond,
Butterscotch, vanilla dip,
Butter brickle, apple ripple,
Coconut and espresso chip,
Brandy peach and lemon custard,
Each scoop lovely, smooth and round,
Tallest ice-cream cone in town,
Lying there (sniff) on the ground.

Dropped Ice Cream Cone
What You Need: Shaving Cream, Glue, Paint, Paper

What You Do: Mix glue and shaving cream with a small amount of paint (pink for strawberry or brown for vanilla or chocolate) Have your children cut out a triangle shape from a piece of paper. Have them paste this on a piece of paper and then paint on the paper with the glue/shaving cream mixture. This looks neat and resembles a dropped ice cream cone.

Make an Ice Cream Cake
Using your favorite cake recipe, make an 8 or 9 inch round cake and an 8 or 9 inch square cake.  Follow the Ice Cream Cake Pattern to assemble cake.  Makes 2 single layer cakes; or 1 double layer cake.  Decorate with your favorite icing!

small can ( a one pound coffee can works great)
large can (a three pound coffee can works great)
1/2 cups of rock or kosher salt
20 cups( about 7 1/2 lbs) of crushed ice
Ice Cream: 
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup of chocolate chips
In the small can mix cream, milk, beaten egg, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate chips.  Place the lid tightly on the small can; set it in the center of the larger can. Layer half the crushed ice alternately with half the salt all around the smaller can. Place the lid tightly on the large can.   Choose a hard level surface like a cement walk way and roll the can back and forth for about 10 minutes. Remove old ice/salt and small can.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape the sides of the small can; stir and replace the lid. Put small can back inside larger one with the remaining fresh ice/salt. . Cover and roll for 5 more minutes.

Ice Cream in a Bag
For each child you will need:
1 small ziploc bag (pint size)
1 large ziploc bag (quart size)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoon salt (regular table salt that pours will work)
In each small bag add the milk, vanilla, & sugar; seal the bag. Fill the large bag half full with ice; add salt.  Place the small bag inside the large bag and seal.  Shake until mixture is the consistency of ice cream takes about 5 minutes.  

Make Your Own Soft Serve Treat
Ahead of time freeze individual scoops of ice cream in zip lock bags (one per child). Prepare small pieces of various kinds of fruit in individual dishes. Invite each child to add a couple of the varieties of fruit to their baggie. Seal and seal again with duck tape to prevent spills. Have the children squeeze and squish their bags until it is softened and the fruit is mixed up. Cut off the end of the bag and squeeze into serving dishes. YUM!

Getting the Scoop
(Mailbox Magazine)
Provide large circle tracers and three different colors of construciton paper. Tell the children which color represents which flavor of ice cream. Ask each child to choose a piece of paper, trace it, cut it out and write their name on it (if they can).
Display three cone shapes on graph paper or a flannel board side by side. Have each child bring up their scoop and put it on one of the cones (one color per cone). Discuss which cone has the most scoops and which flavor seems to be the favorite. Write the number on each cone.

Playing it Cool
(Mailbox Magazine)
On a paved surface outdoors, use chalk to draw a multicolor ice-cream cone with a cherry on the top. Label each scoop with a different alphabet letter. Ask each child to start at the cone and perform a series of one and two footed hops to reach the cherry. Before they hop into the next ice cream scoop, he must identify the alphabet letter shown. Provide assistance as needed. Encourage capable students to identify the matching sounds.

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