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Ice Cream Counting & Playdough Mat Activity

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!! Warmer weather deserves a yummy counting and sensory play activity. Download our free print below, gather some items around the house and let your little mush, dump, squirt, and drizzle all the toppings on while they practice counting to ten.

Sensory play is crucial to brain development. It helps build nerve connections in the brain. Most of the time sensory play turns into a mess but a messy home with kids just means there was lots of play happening! Play now, clean later. That’s my motto.

You can use any material you have around the house. If you laminate it, you can even use washable markers or paints. We topped our ice cream scoops four different ways.

Whip cream and sprinkles. This is a super easy activity for littler hands. And it’s edible so that’s always a plus!

Puffy paint. Stacey’s son, Makai, had such a fun time making and playing in this fluffy stuff! The recipe is super simple:

  • Glue
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring

Mix equal parts glue to shaving cream until it looks puffy. Add in the dye and you’re good to go. Kids love creating their own concoctions and this one is definitely an easy one to create. It is foamy when you first create it so don’t make huge batches, just enough to last that play session.

Frosting Playdough. This is another super fun concoction for kids to create on their own. This can be made two ways: one tub of frosting + ¾ cup of corn starch or a tub of frosting and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Both ways give a really creamy consistency but it does dry out after a little bit and starts to crumble. The kids loved making and playing with it, creamy and crumbly alike!
Regular playdough. Don’t underestimate good ‘ol classic playdough. My kids play with this stuff on the regular and it never disappoints.

We hope this activity makes learning fun for your little one. Being a parent to toddlers can be rough sometimes so if you’re in need of some good educational and creative ideas, follow along with us by subscribing to our email list or by following us on Instagram @thealohahut to stay up to date with all our FREE printables.

Yummy counting you all,

Stacey + Niki

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