Anyone who has worked with me for any length of time, would have heard the holler of “Who wants an Ice Cream?” echoing around the yard 🙂 I love getting involved with the kids role play, so when a castle is turned into a restaurant or someone sets up shop in a corner, I’ve found myself balancing most successful with personal comfort by engaging in ice-cream shop role play. Personally, I can’t follow-up on McDonald’s franchises opening up in our healthy eating and learning environments, but will attend them until I can ask for a fancy dessert to redirect play 🙂
When visiting ‘That’s not Garbage’ I came across these old thread cones and couldn’t resist them becoming part of our play!
Painting them with glue and filling the insides with fluffy white cotton balls was a great way to explore full and empty –
but was certainly the precursor to the real fun the kids wanted to have!
We drizzled more glue over the top, then sprinkled an array of glitter on for topping!
If only we’d thought of adding the paper covers to all the glue tables, it would have been a quicker clean up!
*as you can see, not everyone likes their cones to hold ice cream – and I’m cool with that :)*
Once all our glitter was spread, we moved on to the ‘lolly table’.
Realistically threading colourful foam beads on to small skewers, we called them lolly sticks,
fostering our imaginations.
With most children completing at least 2 ice creams and all the cones gone,
we used our beads to make necklaces and bracelets.
The photos look so calm and happy, but in all honesty it was a flurry of activity and the threading of bracelets was a fantastic way to calm the group.
Yay for intrinsic follow-up activities!
Our ‘shop’ was visited by all, with everyone excited to take them home. Some were used in our outdoor Role Play area to continue the shop idea,
and I couldn’t have been more proud 🙂