Play Ice cream – Frozen Fun

Frozen messy play that melts, smells and looks deliciously like real ice-cream! We were looking for a new messy play activity on a rainy day and saw this on Fun at Home with the Kids. This is our take on it and the two little girls loved playing with the frozen pretend strawberry and chocolate ice-cream! Give it a try on a hot Summers day inside or outside, then take them out for a real ice-cream at the end as a surprise!


What you will need to make pretend chocolate ice-cream…

  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups of cornflour
  • 1 cup of water
  • small containers to freeze it in – preferably bowls of different sizes to get a nice shape when it comes out
  • decorations – glitter or pony beads optional

What you will need to make pretend strawberry ice-cream…

  • 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla essence
  • 1.5 cups of cornflour
  • 1 cup of water
  • a few drop of red food colouring (we really wanted it to smell like strawberries too but we couldn’t think how to add this in!)
  • different small containers to freeze it in
  • decorations – glitter or pony beads optional

Then simply mix all your ingredients in a bowl. The children love measuring and were very precise about this!


We whisked the chocolate to get a lovely bubbly mix and then poured it into our tubs. We then did the same with the strawberry. We used big square ones and when we do it again we are going to use round bowls as we think this will look more like ice-cream. Plus the big containers we used took ages to melt, even when we were handling them a lot, and the two little girls got a bit frustrated.


We made this the day before and as soon as the girls got up they wanted to play with it. Hence the PJ’s! We got out a variety of ice-cream bowls and played for a least an hour. To get the ice-cream out of your container just run hot water over the bottom. Using smaller bowls – perhaps in different sizes – will be less frustrating as the children will be able to play with different shapes rather than having just one big block. We eventually had to get a pestle out to break it up!


When it starts to melt it feels like cold gloop (which is what it is really) and it is really cool to pour, transfer and decorate. As it melted it definitely became more fun. It also smells amazing!


You could use pony beads to decorate your ice-cream but we decided to break out the glitter.


When we had finished we then poured the whole lot back into one container (again – what a mistake – we should have used several different sizes as we had the same problem as last time!). We then popped it back into the freezer and played with it the next week.

Enid Blyton Rating: 6 out of 10 (It would have got more had we frozen it in smaller containers. It was a really fun and engaging messy play though and we talked about money in our ice-cream shop, we really improved our transferring skills and generally had a lovely time just playing, making and pouring. Just remember that it is not edible!).


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