Ice Cream Shop {Using Ice Cream Dough}

Ice Cream Shop with Ice Cream Dough

After making a few batches of ice cream dough this afternoon, Gracen and I set up a simple little ice cream shop in the living room.  We used an old wooden apple crate for her table top and made sure the floor was protected with a large bath towel.

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Then we went around the house to collect a few other items.  First up – ice cream cones.  Yes, the real ones…  We had them on hand from her 2nd birthday party and they’d never be used otherwise, so may as well use them for some fun pretend play, right?

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Of course, for customers not partial to cones, you need to have a bowl option.  These silicon baking cups did the job perfectly.

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Next, we gathered up some spoons and an ice cream scoop…

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As well as some buttons, beads, and straw pieces for candies and candy sprinkles.

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And with that, our little ice cream shop owner got to work.

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There was plenty of scooping, touching, smelling, and exploring to be done.

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Of course the ice cream treats rolled out of the shop one after another too.  A hazelnut ice cream cone for Papa…

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And a strawberry ice cream cup {with extra candy sprinkles!} for Mama.

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This was such a simple set-up, but I can already tell that she’s going to get hours of fun out of it.  Of course, it’s more than just fun…  This little ice cream shop incorporates pretend play, a sensory experience, and creativity too.

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And if you love ice cream and pretend play, check out our play dough ice cream shop too!

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