One of my favorite summer themes is an ice cream theme, but let's be honest ice cream is great all year long! We hope you love sprinkling some of our suggestions with your favorite resources. Enjoy!Disclosure: Keep in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I link these companies (amazon) and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.
Ideas Based on Developmental Areas: (Printable Version Here)
Make a sensory bin with rainbow sprinkles! Choose to hide different ice cream related items in the bin such as a spoon, pretend ice cream scoops, an ice cream scooper or choose to use the picture icons from any of our resources.
Make ice cream in a bag and include your kids in this fun science and sensory-rich experience.
- Fine Motor:
When using play items: colorful pom poms make for great pretend ice cream scoops. Use tongs to place the pom poms into a cake cone.
When using real items: work on pinching cherries and placing them onto ice cream or into a dish. Grasping the stem requires a pincher grasp.
- Gross Motor:
Use an ice cream scoop and shredded paper to work on the scooping movement.
Set up a relay race/course with a few stations along the path. The first station the child will pick up a cone, the next one an ice cream scoop, then toppings, and then they cross the finish line after their ice cream cone is made. Whoever crosses without dropping their cone wins!
Open up your very own pretend ice cream store. Talk about how you want to set things open and sort through items by flavors, by utensils, by toppings (etc.). Next decide who will be the customer and who will be the employee serving the ice cream. Let your child lead and model language to narrate the activities as you play together.
Pattern completion with ice cream flavors. (Example chocolate vanilla chocolate and the child needs to add vanilla to complete the pattern).
- Match mat (picture to picture matching)
- Adapted books (matching the pictures
- Following directions to fulfill “orders” for a pretend ice cream shop.
- Sequencing how to make a sundae
Read the book “Cake and I Scream! (on the recommended book list). This book helps to use the theme of ice cream in a way that teaches children about friendships. As an extension activity, you can talk about behaviors that are “sweet” and behaviors that are “unsweet or sour”
engage in pretend play with your children and run an ice cream shop together. Assign roles to one another. who will be taking orders and who will be the customer. pretend to make and eat the ice cream. Talk about which flavors are good and which ones “taste” bad.
Book Recommendations: (Printable Version Here)
This is a list of books that pair well with the Ice Cream Theme. I highly recommend searching some of these titles on Epic! or on Youtube if you're looking for free ways to utilize these stories for your kiddos. Another option is to print the recommendations and take them to your local library. There you can check out the books you're interested in.
When you know you want to add some books to your personal or school library, you can use the links below to purchase through Amazon.
- Splat the Cat: I Scream For Ice Cream
- The Little Ice Cream Truck
- I Like You More than Ice Cream
- Is It Warm Enough For Ice Cream
- Cake and I Scream!
- Scoop The Ice Cream Truck
- Curious George and The Ice Cream Surprise
- I Campaigned For Ice Cream
- Dragons Love Ice Cream
- Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs
- Melt Like Ice Cream
- Izzy the Ice Cream Fairy
Apps That You Can Download: (Printable Version Here)
- Ice Cream By Blue Bear
- Ice Cream Popsicles Game
- The Yummy Ice Cream Game
- Ice Cream Bar Factory
- My Ice Cream Shop
- Dr. Panda's Ice Cream Truck
- Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
- Ice Cream Chef Dessert Cook
Educational Video Links: (Printable Version Here)
Grab your list of words related to the ICE CREAM theme that are categorized by speech sound above. This is helpful for your mixed speech therapy groups or if you have a child who is working on their articulation skills in speech therapy.
Like Our Thematic Resources?
Be sure to check out the Boom Versions of our Adapted Books! These resources can be played on a phone, iPad, or computer and feature drag and drop icons! Whether you assign them to a student to get data or if you just use them with screen sharing during a session, they are engaging and a favorite amongst our students.
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