Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Ice cream shop


I set up a playdough ice cream shop for Boo's beach themed 2nd birthday party. I covered our coffee table with turquoise blue wrapping paper. This looks lovely and it also stops rogue playdough getting stuck between the timber boards. I made three types of playdough ice cream:
  • Chocolate playdough – 1.5 cups of plain flour, half cup of cocoa, half cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 and a third cups of boiling water. Chocolate playdough smells amazing but it tastes like playdough so the kids won't eat it.
  • Light pink playdough (strawberry) – 2 cups of corn flour, half cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 and a third cups of boiling water with a tiny splash of pink food colouring. Corn flour makes super white dough with a lovely texture.
  • Turquoise blue playdough with gold glitter (blueberry) – This was my favourite, again I used this recipe from The Imagination Tree.


I stored each 'flavour' of ice cream in a plastic tub and added some ice cream scoops and spoons. I found cheap little takeaway espresso cups for the kids to scoop the ice cream into. To add a little sparkle, I provided bowls of shiny sequins for ice cream sprinkles. And of course, I always add a collection of sticks to all playdough activity.

Our ice cream shop banner
The ice cream shop also had a cash register and a banner advertising 'ice cream'. The girls and I had made the banner a few days back – gluing together paper cones and colourful scoops of ice cream on one long sheet of paper. This was a fun collage that made use of old wrapping paper.

At the party many delicious looking ice creams were created and the kids had fun!

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16 comments:

  1. So creative and so clever! I will be popping back here when I have a birthday to organise in a couple months!! x

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    1. That's great, I hope your birthday party goes well :) Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Very Cute! I've playdoh ice cream shop floating around in my head..I need to get on it! My little guy loves playdoh. I hope your girls had a blast, the collage banner is awesome!

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    1. Thanks, they loved doing the collage banner, we spent a long time on it.

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  3. Your ice cream set up looks AWESOME! I'm definitely going to do this with the Hooligans!

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    1. Thanks for sharing this on fb too :)

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  4. It is amazing where imagination and playdough can take us :-)And I love your blueberry icecream - such a pretty colour.

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    1. The blue turned out so well, and I liked the gold glitter in it.

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  5. This is such a cute and fun idea. I'll have to hunt for some little ice cream scoops so that we can play too.

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    1. I found some cheap ones in Teks. I think the supermarket has them too.

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  6. That icecream playdough looks good enough to eat! I really need to do more activities like this with Miss Possum. I would be concerned about her eating it though.

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    1. I understand your concern, sometimes playdough does look good enough to eat. It does taste awful though. It is really up to you and whether you think your little ones would try to eat it. My eldest never ate playdough but I do have to watch my youngest.

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  7. Ice cream, ice cream yummy stuff. Ice cream, ice cream, makes me tough! Lol! This is a favourite saying in our house and I think I got it from a book back when I was teaching. I love the theme ice cream and love all the gorgeous things you have done here. I want to go and make an ice cream collage now with my girls......yours looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  8. Oh my goodness Ali, this is fantastic! That first photo looks so real I want to eat it. We've been playing pretend ice-cream parlour lately too - nothing like this though. This is wonderful!

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