Practice fine motor skills, learn about colors, and use your imagination
What You’ll Need:
- Different colored pom poms
- Toilet paper tubes
- Empty box (cereal, cornstarch, granola bars, etc)
- Tempera or acrylic paint in colors that match the pom poms
- Glue or hot glue
- Spoons or scoops
Step 1 – Prep the cones
Cut open each toilet paper tube lengthwise. Angle the edges so that the tube, when spread open, is almost a triangle shape. Roll it up into a cone and glue the edges together (hot glue works best). It’s OK to leave a large opening in the bottom of the cone.
*Tips for Parents: Have your child help you cut the toilet paper tube lengthwise. You can clean it up into the triangle shape afterwards.
Step 2 – Prep the box
Open the box and reassemble it inside out (so the outside is brown and has no design on it.) Glue it back together (hot glue works best). Mark as many holes in the top as you have cones. The holes should be penny-sized. Cut them out with scissors or a craft knife. Cut several spokes about 1/4-inch in length outward from the circles so you can push the cones in. This will be your cone holder.
*Tips for Parents: Feel free to do this step by yourself ahead of time.
Step 3 – Dip the cones in paint
Squirt each color paint onto a different piece of paper, cardboard, or paper plate. Have your child dip the larger end of the cone into the paint, creating a colored ring at the top. Place the cones in the holder while the paint dries.
*Tips for Parents: If you want to keep the colors separate and clean, only give your child one cone and one color at a time. Kids might want to roll the cone in the paint or explore what happens when they use the cone to stamp the color onto the piece of paper. Let your child enjoy this step. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Step 4 – Scoop some ice cream!
Place the cones in the holder and give your child a bowl full of pom poms along with the spoon or scoop. Show your child how to scoop up a pom pom and place it into the cone with the matching color. After your child finishes, dump out the pom poms and start over.
*Tips for Parents: Younger kids who don’t yet know their colors can play this game too. Don’t worry too much about color matching, though. Play “ice cream shop” or just observe as your child enjoys putting
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