It’s time for Try It Tuesday again, and today I’m sharing an activity I’ve been wanting to try with my daughter for quite some time! Sometimes I will share activities that my daughter, and I have made up that I think my readers would like to try, and other times, like today there are ideas I have seen around the web that I’ve been dying to try with my daughter. When I saw my Instagram friend Cara @raising.kinley share a picture of edible ice cream play dough that looked like actual ice cream, I literally went out and bought the supplies the very next day.
Though the dough doesn’t taste like ice cream, it sure does look like it. We ended up making one batch of strawberry ice cream dough, one batch of birthday cake with sprinkles, and one mint chocolate chip batch. We had a blast using this ice cream play dough to pretend like we owned an ice cream shop. Want to know the easy peasy recipe? Keep reading!
- Powdered sugar (2 3/4 cups per batch)
- Store bought icing (1 cup per batch)
- Food coloring
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowl
- Ice cream scooper
- Ice cream cones
- Ice cream bowls
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Chocolate chips (optional)
Measure out 1 cup of store-bought icing, and dump it into a mixing bowl. You can do vanilla icing, and dye it with food coloring, or buy whatever flavor, or color you’d like, and skip the next step. For example, one of my containers of vanilla icing had sprinkles already added, so instead of a batch of basic vanilla ice cream play dough, I just used the sprinkles to my advantage, and called it birthday cake ice cream.
Add food coloring to your icing, and mix it together. Remember, whatever color your icing is at this point will end up being lighter after you add powdered sugar.
Measure out 2 3/4 cups of powdered sugar, and add it to your icing a little at a time as you are mixing it all together with your electric mixer. Make sure you add just a little powdered sugar at a time, or your dough will end up dry, and crumbled like my first batch did! The mixture will be slightly clumpy after you mix everything together, and it will look similar to the third picture below. After you knead the mixture together, your dough will start to feel a lot softer and look more like ice cream.
At this point, you can stir in chocolate chips or any other additional add-ins that you’d like. We wanted this batch of dough to look like mint chocolate chip, so we dyed it green, and threw in some chocolate chips.
Now you are ready to taste the dough, squish the dough, and scoop it into your ice cream cones, and cups! If you’d like your kids to think you are the coolest adult ever, you will definitely want to let them shake some sprinkles on top too.
You could also pretend to have an ice cream parlor, and make, or print out signs, and menus.
You can click here to find the direct link to the printable ice cream parlor signs that we used off of Twinkl. You do have to subscribe to Twinkl, but the small monthly fee is more than worth it for all the amazing resources they offer!
This ice cream play dough recipe is sure to be a hit with your child, I know my daughter loved it. You can tell by her big smiles that she was one happy girl. We love trying activities like this, and sharing our results with our readers. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check back to see what we have in store for next week’s Try It Tuesday activity!