Who doesn’t love ice creams? Well we do. This Ice cream math activity is more like a game so toddlers & preschoolers don’t actually feel like doing a math exercise. It develops color recognition, shape recognition, number recognition & counting skills, through pretend play. Its perfect for busy bags too. 👍
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What you need
- Construction paper
- Laminator (optional)
- Regular Cone – Cut out ice cream cone shapes from brown construction paper. Write down the numbers on them. Laminate and cut.
- Flavoured Cone – Cut out cones from colored construction paper, write numbers and on it. Laminate & cut.
- Ice cream scoops with chocolate chips– Cut out semicircle (ice cream scoops) from different color construction paper. Mark dots on each scoop to represent numbers. Laminate and cut.
- Flavoured Ice cream – Cut semicircles from different color felt pieces to represent ice cream scoops.
Play the game
- Give the cone & ice cream scoops to your LOs. Let them be the vendor.
- Let them ask you what kind of cone you want, what flavour ice cream, how many scoops or how many chocolate chips you want on your icecream and make a match.
- Also talk about different shapes they notice as you play.
- If you ask for regular cone icecream with 2 choc chips on it – you kid will pick the cone with number 2 and place the scoop with 2 dots on it.
- If you ask for strawberry flavour cone with 2 scoops – your kid would pick red cone and place 2 red scoops on it.
- If you ask for regular cone with 4 mixed flavours – your kid would pick cone with number 4 and place 4 flavoured scoops on it.
Miss A (3 yrs) enjoyed playing this game. She wouldn’t let me go. She loved to make ice creams for me and her sister. Color matching and counting was fine upto 5. Also learnt about the number zero. 😀 She did want to try more numbers though. Miss D (2 yrs) enjoyed this activity equally. She did the color matching perfectly. As for counting, she lost interest when its more than 2 – this was a good introduction to her. 👍This activity was more of a fun play for us, let go of the math part. My LOs played with it all day. We cut circles from construction paper and laminated it (i think i love my laminator too much 😜) to use it as money for the cash register and they did not want to play with anything else but this. 😀😀 They took turns to be the vendor and i was so happy to watch them play.