Preschoolers learn best through play, and most preschooler boys love cars and trucks. That’s why we’ve been having fun with lots of learning activities with toy vehicles lately.
Finally, we are on the letter “I” and a vehicle I can really appreciate. Get ready for some fun pretend play ice cream truck activities!
Ice Cream Truck Pretend Play
Start your ice cream pretend play by making your own ice cream truck.
A large cardboard box makes a great start for your truck. Cut a flap in one side of the box. This will become the counter for your ice cream server to wait on customers.
Paper plates make quick and easy wheels for your truck. You could also cut circles from black construction paper.
Let your preschooler draw on a front window and add decorations to the box. We cut ice cream pictures from old magazines to help decorate our truck.
Your preschooler might even want to add a sign on top of the truck.
Once your truck in complete you’ll need a server. My preschooler decided his mini stuffed dolphin was the perfect choice.
(Pssst! If you have ice cream in the freezer at home, this is the perfect time to dish up a little treat to share.)
Ice Cream Pretend Play
Continue your ice cream pretend play with some large pom-poms as pretend ice cream scoops.
Fill a large container with big pom-poms, add a small scoop and some plastic bowls and your child is ready to dish up scoops of ice cream for all their stuffed animals.
Want to work on counting skills?
Add a game die or two and have your child dish out as many scoops as the number on the die when they roll.
We turned it into a game, rolling the die and then scooping that many scoops of ice cream (pom-poms) into the serving bowls until all the scoops were gone.
You can also use those big pom-pom “ice cream scoops” to form the capital and lower case letter “I.”
When it comes to learning, preschoolers learn best through play. We had so much fun with these ice cream pretend play activities and working on counting skills.
For more fun preschooler learning activities, check out these ideas:
- Plastic Egg Submarine STEM Activity
- Activities for Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
- Car Learning Activities
- D Is for Dump Truck/Digger
- Fire Safety Activities for Kids
Kristina @ SchoolTimeSnippets says
Love the Ice cream theme ; ) Can’t go wrong!! Ha! I think I am going to have to make a sizing sheet like yours when we get to the Letter I– great idea! I think I’ll add in some actual pom poms to help with sizing, too… Or buttons! Thanks for sharing!
Pom-poms! Now that would be a fun addition! 🙂 I’d love to get my worksheets looking a little better so I could offer them as PDF’s one day. Next thing on my list!
Great idea! What kid doesn’t love ice cream play (me too!)? Thanks for the inspiration!
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
Dolphin driving the ice cream truck? I just love that! lol!
And dolphin is the only one that gets to drive…. He also makes cookies. (I think I’m liking the dolphin….) 😉