Summer Treats: Rainbow Rice “Sprinkles” Ice Cream

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Living in Massachusetts, we visit quite a lot of beaches. My favorite beach spot is in Maine. One of my favorite treats of summer is at the Ocean Park, ME Soda Fountain. Here, I can get a plain old scoop of ice cream with some sprinkles on a cone (however, also try their raspberry lime rickey!). I wanted to recreate that classic ice cream cone effect with a fun, interactive project. Read more to discover how we created these “sprinkles” for our paper ice cream cones.

Craft/Activity: Rainbow Rice “Sprinkles” Ice Cream Cones
Objective: Mix paint with rice to create sprinkles for a paper ice cream cone
Skills Utilized: color recognition, fine motor, following directions
Suggested Reading: Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise by Margret and H.A. Rey
Materials: paint, glue, paper cut into ice cream scoops and cones, rice, small jar with a lid, parchment paper

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First, pour some rice and a dot of paint into the jar.

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Then, put on the lid and shake, shake, shake!

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Pour the now colored rice out of the jar onto a piece of parchment or wax paper to dry. Repeat with as many colors as you’d like.

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We decided to use all the colors of the rainbow! We had so much fun shaking up the rice and discussing the colors together. With the Crayola washable paints we used, they dried within 5 minutes.

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Next, add some glue to your ice cream scoop and sprinkle on some of the rice.

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We also tried a “dip” method in which we put glue on the scoop and dipped it into the “sprinkles”. It worked well!

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Lastly, add some glue to your cone and put that cute little scoop on top.

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Madeline is obsessed with these now. She’s been pretending ice cream shop all day!

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Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:

1. Make a paper “ice cream sundae”! What other everyday objects can you use?
2. Stack the scoops to make your ice cream cone using a specific pattern – such as green, pink, white scoops, green, pink, white, etc,.
3. Go enjoy a real ice cream cone at a farm or ice cream shop!
4. Add uppercase and lowercase letters to your ice cream scoops and cones, respectively. Have your child match them accordingly.


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