With the warmer weather on its way, I couldn’t resist creating an I is for Ice cream Fine Motor Play activity as part of our A-Z Fine Motor Skills series.
Unfortunately as my son is dairy intolerant we were unable to play with real ice cream. We opted for pom poms instead – this was certainly a less messy option.
How to set up ice cream fine motor activity?
- plastic container for sensory bin
- egg cartons from recycle bin
- plastic ice cream cones
- pom poms
- Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set
- Jumbo Tweezer
- Prepara Scoopers
Setting up our Ice Cream Fine Motor Play was straightforward. I simply poured our large collection of multi-coloured pom poms into a blue container. I already had four plastic ice cream cones from our Ikea ice cream set. However, I didn’t have anything to keep the ice cream cones upright.
I improvised by turning a recycled egg carton upside down and used a knife to make four holes. The plastic ice cream cones slotted perfectly into the holes.
Four ice cream cones didn’t seem enough though so I created six more using an orange egg carton. It took a few seconds to cut up the egg box and I used another egg carton to make a stand for the additional cones.
I left out a variety of fine motor tools so that my son could create his own ice cream.
Time to make some ice cream cones!
My son got involved straightaway in creating his own pretend ice creams. The Gator Grabber worked really well with the pom poms and he was able to transfer them easily into the homemade ice cream cones.
It didn’t take him long to fill three cones with different sized yellow pom poms.
Next, he moved onto the purple Jumbo Tweezer. Again the pom poms were easy to pick up and he created a further three ice creams using just white pom poms.
The Handy Scooper proved to be too big for this activity Although it was easy to scoop up several pom poms at once, my son couldn’t transfer them into the cones without the ice cream going everywhere.
My sons favourite fine motor tool for transferring the ice cream pom poms was the yellow Squeezy Tweezer. This is one tool we haven’t had much luck with up until now. The size of the pom poms were great for the tweezer.
Finally, my son tested out the Prepara Super Scoopers. This was the first time he used a combination of coloured pom poms to create the ice cream cones. And we had mixed flavours!
The second my son had completed all ten ice cream cones he picked them up and poured the pom poms back into the container. He wanted to start the activity again immediately!
Extend the play time with a book!
Join the little ice cream truck and its cheerful driver, Sue, as they trot all over their diverse town to deliver everyone’s favorite flavor of ice cream on a hot sunny day. With little ice cream truck’s jingly tune and pit stops at a birthday party, a park, and the zoo, this is a fun book which focuses on the many daily tasks of working trucks. Find the book here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
Should I Share My Ice Cream? is a cute and funny addition to the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems. I don’t want to spoil the story so I won’t provide any information other than saying Gerald the Elephant has a big decision to make and friendship plays a key factor. As usual, Elephant and Piggie’s friendship is fun to see and it sets a great example to kids too. Find the book here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
What to play next?
Summer is time for both wet activities to take outside and dry activities to do indoors when it’s too hot to play outside. Here are few ideas to try:
- get ready for net fishing
- have fun painting with pipe cleaners
- get dirty as you play with mud
- pick few fun beach toys for play
- keep learning during summer with free summer printable pack