Today I’m happy to share a sweet summer art project with you that focuses on fine motor skill development. It’s ideal for art at home, summer art camps, or as part of a summer preschool theme. Young artists will be rolling, molding, pushing, and stamping as they create Model Magic Ice Cream collages! Let’s get ready to give our fingers a workout and start scooping some summer fun and creativity!
Crayola Model Magic
Many of my youngest students love to use Crayola Model Magic. Rolling and molding the clay can be therapeutic, relaxing, and calming while also evoking excitement and joy! The practice of rolling coils and balls gets students moving and interacting with the art making process. Using Model Magic is also a nice precursor to using other air dry clays as well as clay that needs to be baked in a kiln.
Ice Cream Facts for Kids
- Ice cream is a frozen dessert.
- If you eat ice cream too quickly you may experience brain freeze.
- Chocolate is the most popular flavor of ice cream.
- Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping.
- July is national ice cream month.
Materials for Ice Cream Cone Art Project:
- Crayola Model Magic
- Tempera Paint
Step by Step Directions for Making Your Own Ice Cream Art Project:
1. Paint the Paper
Begin by dipping the open end of a plastic cup into paint and stamping circles onto paper. This will create a fun and vibrant background to highlight the ice cream cones. Let the paint dry.
2. Pick a Cone
Cut pieces of cardboard into various size triangles to represent the cone. If cutting the cardboard is challenging perhaps use cereal boxes or try a light weight cardboard. Next, create texture on the cones by dipping the end of a small rectangular piece of cardboard into brown paint and stamping X’s onto the cones. As a result, you’ll now have a tasty sugar cone.
3. Pick a Flavor
Decide what flavor of ice cream you would like to make. Perhaps vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or mint chocolate chip. To change the color of the Model Magic, color the clay with markers and knead the clay repeatedly. The color of the clay will begin to change. To create bolder colors continue the process. Use brown to create chocolate, red to create strawberry, and green to create mint chocolate chip.
4. Scoop the Ice Cream
Roll Crayola Model Magic into a ball and flatten it on the top of the cone. Roll a coil to add to the bottom of the scoop to represent the ice cream dripping over the edge of the cone. Use your finger to push into the coil to form drips.
5. Add the Toppings
Collect an array of beads such as straw beads and pony beads and push them into the soft Model Magic to create sprinkles. Did you make rainbow sprinkles or chocolate sprinkles? Finally, add a red button to form the cherry on top. In a few days the Model Magic will harden and the beads and buttons will be securely in place. Lastly, glue the ice cream to the paper to display, and your ice cream summer art project is done!
Talk About Art
- What flavor of ice cream did you create?
- What ice cream toppings did you add?
- How did the Crayola Model Magic feel in your hands as you were molding and rolling it?
- What step of creating the ice cream collage did you enjoy the most? Why?
Remember to post your tasty ice cream creations on Instagram and tag @fantasticfunandlearning and @youngschoolartwithmr.g!
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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Count the Sprinkles Activity Mats (4 color, 4 black and white)
2) Ice Cream Number Cards (1-40)
3) Favorite Ice Cream Whole Group Survey
4) Favorite Ice Cream Individual Tally Sheets
5) Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe
6) Hot and Cold Concept Sorting Mats and Game Pieces (full color and black and white versions)
7) Ice Cream Dice Game (full color and black and white versions)
8) Ice Cream Theme Word Cards
9) Ice Cream Cone Color Sorting Mats
10) Initial Sound Ice Cream Cone Building Activity (for sounds /c/, /m/ and /r/)
11) Uppercase and Lowercase Ice Cream and Ice Cream Cone Matching Game
12) Ice Cream Cone Shape Matching Game
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