8oz clear plastic cups
Pom-pom balls of various sizes
Pipe cleaners/chenille rods
confetti (store-bought or make your own)
brown yarn for chocolate sauce
One can not claim that they've had the full VBS (that's Vacation Bible School for you heathens out there) experience as a child without making the craft staple: communion cup pom-pom ice cream float. I came back from camp with baggies full of pom-poms, so I decided to try my hand at a similar craft. This summertime project is great for little ones, even older kids might enjoy it. It might even be a fun birthday party activity.
You can get as imaginative as you want with the "sundae" theme. Create an a ice cream shop with menus, a table top with bowls filled with "toppings" and spoons for scooping. Give each child a cup and let them at it. The large pom-poms are the ice cream flavors. I set out smaller red pom-poms for the cherries. White pom-poms or cotton batting for the whipped cream. Multi-colored for fruit. Confetti for sprinkles. Cut pieces of chenille rods for chocolate chips or licorice, or whatever. Brown yarn for chocolate sauce. You could also use small pieces of foam sheets. I've also seen cones made from brown felt or foam sheets, but that seemed like a lot of extra work to me. Plus, you'd need cups anyway to set them down. You can glue things as they go, or not. Monkey liked putting one together, dumping it out, and building another. As you can see, my boys loved it, even after spending time digging in the yard...
I also used the opportunity to discuss scale, color, shape, etc. We counted out the pom-poms and toppings. This is also a very open-ended self-guided project where there isn't an example to duplicate. And of course, like most preschoolers, Tater enjoys pretend play, and this is one more opportunity to nurture that. Here's another example I came across...