Summer isn’t far off guys! As the weather warms up and the sun sticks around, my family’s thoughts turn to our favorite cool treat- ice cream! Nothing says sweet summer time like a refreshing ice cream cone. Today I’m sharing how we pair this delicious dessert with fun story time reads, and some Ice Cream Math Game. Read on to learn more.
Yummy Ice Cream Math Game
The photographs in it are by John Williams. It’s a non-fiction look behind the scenes at an ice cream factory. My oldest loves exploring how things work, so this is a great choice for kids with curious minds. The photos are clear, and give kids are great peek at each step along the way. If you’re interested in pairing science with this story time as well, making homemade ice cream in a bag or can would be a perfect extension to Let’s Find Out About Ice Cream.
Yummy Ice Cream, a sweet board book about sharing. Anna Walker provided the adorable illustrations. This is one of my toddler’s favorites because it features lovable animal friends sharing a sweet treat. Anna Walker’s artwork is lovable and cute, featuring a panda, owl, and a sheep. The text is straight forward, and provides an effective social story to teach sharing.
What You’ll Need
- Printable ice cream cone sheet and die. (Grab yours below!)
- Laminating pouches. (Plastic sheet protectors work well also.)
- Invisible tape or glue sticks.
- Ice cream scoop manipulatives – Pom Poms, buttons, play dough or dry erase markers are great choices.
How To Play
- Print out and laminate an ice cream cone sheet for each child.
- Print out pairs of die.
- Kids can play alone with their own set, or in a group sharing a set of die and taking turns. It’s a great activity for kids to do independent math practice in a fun way.
- Cut out, fold, and assemble the die using tape or glue.
- Each child rolls the pair of die twice, noting the colors and numbers each time.
- The colored die represents what ‘flavors’ of ice cream to add to their first cone.
- The number die represents how many ‘scoops’ of the flavor to add.
- Using manipulatives, children can ‘scoop’ the appropriate ice cream onto the cones. This is a great hands on way to reinforce 1-1 counting and basic math.
- Kids should add the 2 kinds of ice cream together, and use a dry erase marker to write the total number of scoops on the line under each cone.
- When each cone has been added, remove manipulatives and erase are dry erase marker. Kids can easily start again for more fun.
- When kids have mastered adding two numbers, you can introduce a third roll to add an extra challenge. Younger siblings or students who aren’t quite ready for addition can simply work on counting by rolling the set of die once. This game is easy to customize for a variety of skills and ages.
Ice Cream Printables
If you are looking for more ice cream activities to add to your ice cream theme of summer learning, check these out!
- AMAZING, Edible Play Doh Ice Cream Recipe that scoops like ice creaam!
- Ice Cream Themed, Summer Bucket List Ideas
- Work on tracing letter with these free printable Ice Cream Alphabet
- Delicious Ice Cream Alphabet Puzzles to help kids practice matching upper and lowercase letters
- Plus check out these Ice Cream Alpabet Playdough Mats
- Practice adding to to with these cute Ice Cream Make 10 Game
- Cute, Hands-on Ice Cream Number Bonds Practice
- Printable Digraph Activity scooping Ice Cream
- Ice Cream Compound Words Activity
- Count to 20 as you Build your Ice Cream Math Sundae
- TONS of cute Ice Cream Craft Preschool
- Simple Ice Cream Coloring Pages
- Fun and EASY How to Make your own Ice Cream in a Bag
- Scoop up Ice Cream Counting Printable
- Ice Cream Math Game Book Based Activity for Kindergartners
- I is for Ice Cream handart project for kids
- Practice completing patterns with this FUN Ice Cream Pattern Printable
- Fun Ice Cream themed Shape Playdough Mats
- FUN Ice Cream Place Value Activity fo kindergarten and first graders
- Or scoop a sunday with this Place Value Activity for grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students
- Cut and paste sentences with this Sentence Scrambles to make your own Ice Cream Reader for pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students
- Practice adding Ice Cream scoop endings to words with this suffixes activity
- Color Matching Ice Cream Activity
- Try our delicious and EASY homemade vanilla ice cream
- Or whip up some ice cream this winter with this outrageously fun and super YUMMY How to Make Snow Ice Cream
- Practice Addition with this Ice Cream Math task cards using playdough!
- Cute Ice Cream I Spy Worksheet
- Make practicing math fun with these fun Ice Cream Math Worksheets
- Simple Ice Cream craft using washi tape for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners.
- Fun-to-Make, Printable Ice Cream Math Craft
- Summer activities for preschoolers making Popsicle Alphabet Puzzles
- Ice Cream Division Puzzles make practicing math FUN
- Popsicle Count to 10 clip cards are a fun, educational Summer Activities for Preschoolers
- Trace the Letters on the Alphabet Popsicles in this Summer Activity for Preschoolers
- Work on Number Sense with these Counting Summer Activity for Preschool Puzzles
- 2 ingredient Gummy Bear Popsicles are so COLORFUL and EASY!
Download Ice Cream Story Math
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