Ice Cream Shop--Dramatic Play

While touring a school yesterday (this is part of the stress and such I have been dealing with), Hazel had the best time playing with the ice cream shop that was set up in the PreK classroom. I promised her that if we continued the tour and left the room we would set one up at home. The set up in the classroom was simple--tins with large pom poms as scoops of ice cream labeled with ice cream flavors, two ice cream scoops, bowls, an empty root beer bottle and fancy cups for the root beer floats, spoons, a cash register and a telephone and a blackboard with the prices and such.
Bowl of Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

We of course did it with a bit more creativity. I added black dots to the white pom poms to make chocolate chip ice cream. (Hazel has informed me I need to make some cookie dough ice cream next.) We also thought about some toppings.
Using smaller pom poms for cherries, marshmallows, nuts, chocolate chips and tiny pom poms for candies. Then we put some longer skinny beads in a sprinkle jar for rainbow sprinkles.
Bowl of Chocolate Ice Cream with Sprinkles
Oh, the classroom also had some plastic ice cream cones. It took us awhile to find something to use, but we found these scented bubble ones. Our plan is to dump out the bubble liquids into our supplies for outside and just keep the ice cream cones. We need to do this with our "soda" bottle as well.
I bought her two scoops at the Dollar Tree as well as the plastic bowls. I found chocolate colored pom poms at Michaels and then discovered A.C. Moore had bags that only had the two inch pom poms in them (but no browns). We also found our sign/placemat at the Christmas Tree Shop. I added Hazel's nickname and shop to it.
Then I printed labels for the ice cream containers. I invaded our Tuperware cabinet and also picked up some at the Dollar Tree.

She now has nine flavors: strawberry, vanilla, black raspberry, blue raspberry, blueberry lemonade, chocolate, chocolate chip, orange sherbet, and lemon sherbet. Oh, and apparently she has an assistant.
But be careful when ordering, the assistant likes to attack feet if they get too close.
Hazel has no idea what a root beer float is, but she had to have the glasses like the classroom did. So we bought a few and got the bubble stuff in a "soda" bottle.
Root Beer Float
I tried to explain it to her, but since she has never liked anything to drink that is carbonated she really does not know what soda is.

Black Raspberry with Nuts

Now this is her favorite thing to play. She told me in bed tonight that she could not wait to play ice cream shop in the morning. 
Chocolate Ice Cream with a Cherry on Top

I think my activity tonight will be to find the instructions for felt popsicles I once saw on-line. 
Adding Sprinkles to Strawberry Ice Cream

Oh, and she is packing some of it up so she can take it in a truck and go around town. Her truck is a series of chairs and things all lined up behind her rocking horse (which she is really too big for but will not let us put it away). 

Ok, off to find some popsicle patterns. Have a great night/day! Do you want some ice cream?


  1. I love it! You are so creative. I should try to set something like that up in my classroom this summer. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks like so much fun. My daughter would play ice cream shop for hours if I set this up!

  3. Love these fun ideas! Definitely something we should try.

  4. it's so elaborate, I love it. i hope you come by and share this on our #kidsinthekitchen linky

  5. We have almost exactly the same set up in my kindergarten classroom right now. Right now one scoop costs a small rock or shell, double scoop is two small rocks or shells and a triple scoop is a big rock or shell! Lots of fun and so much learning! We made ice cream too - pretty yummy.

    ps thanks for featuring me in this week's Sharing Saturday.

  6. Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday at! Blessings!

  7. In addition to Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party, this week's theme is MUD. Brush off those archives and link them up at See you there! Jennifer

  8. Looks like so much fun. You put a ot of thought and time into this! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope you stop by again!

  9. Your ice cream play looks so inviting! My kids would love to play with it for hours!

    I featured this today at TGIF - Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity with all of us! Feel free to grab an I was featured button if you like and I hope to see you linked up later today!

    Have a GREAT weekend!
    Beth =)

  10. LOVE this! My boys love to pretend play all sorts of things I would love to guide them with some of these fun ideas this Summer; thanks for sharing! :)

  11. What fun! My kids would love it.

    Thanks so much for linking to Fun Sparks. x


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