Puffy ice cream cones in preschool

The children enjoyed the sensory experience as well as the creativity of making these puffy ice cream cones…

The teacher added some glue and food coloring to shave cream….

And then the children mixed it all together…

Each child chose the color they wanted to use for the topping of their ice cream cones…

They used plastic spoons to dip out the shave cream mixture and tap it on the paper cone.

The children absolutely loved the combination of the shave cream and food color. The teacher whipped up a second batch, without the glue, for the children just to play with. They loved the feel and the colors and it was a pleasure to watch them enjoy this experience….

In this class the teacher added glitter to the shave cream and food color. These children just enjoyed playing with the mixture…

It may look messy but it washed off very easily…

So I could go on and on because I have so many wonderful photos but you get the idea:)

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By |2010-07-28T06:00:24+00:00July 28th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. V.Kerr July 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Wonderful idea to make it into an ice cream cone!

  2. Briana July 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I have never seen this done before.I really want to try it.Thanks for sharing!

  3. Donna July 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    What is the glue to shave cream ratio? How long does the mixture hold up? Looks good enough to eat!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 29, 2010 at 12:08 am - Reply

      The children played with the mixture for about 35 minutes (give or take a few) and it held up well during that time and probably would have been fine for just a bit longer. The mixture dries over night and cannot really be reused. When it dries on the paper, it has a nice slick feel to it. The glue is about 1/4 cup glue to 1 cup shave cream. This is really just an estimate as the teachers actually squirted the shave cream in each bowl and then I saw them squirt the glue in and mix without any measuring.

  4. Angie - The Work at Home Wife July 29, 2010 at 7:52 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I have never heard of that before.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

  5. maryanne July 29, 2010 at 8:29 am - Reply

    The ice cream cones are such a cute idea! Shaving cream is very fun to play with!

  6. Jenn's an Ice Cream Maker July 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a fun idea! These are cute and don’t look that difficult.

  7. renee August 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic I cant wait to give this a try. thanks so much for sharing.

  8. erica December 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I think I want to do this and talk about clouds! Maybe we can look at clouds in paintings and talk about color? Then kids can make their own colorful clouds.

    I love the texture you created with this. The ice cream cones are very cool!

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 24, 2010 at 1:49 am - Reply

      Clouds would be amazing to make with this! I think I will do that too!!

  9. erica December 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I’ll try it over the break and post it on my blog if you don’t mind I’ll link this post. Thanks. Happy Holidays.

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Feel Free Erica!

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