Ice Cream Playdough – It looks real!

This activity was so much more fun than I even expected, and it kept the kids entertained for over an hour.

The dough is very easy to make and surprising realistic. It scoops exactly like real ice cream, and with a bit of added colouring, you can turn it into your favourite ‘flavours’. I love strawberry and mint so naturally, I went with pink and green colouring.

Instead of putting it on the activity table on its own, I turned it into an ice cream parlour with things I found around the house. I dressed the table with a lovely piece of material, included some plastic treats from my daughters toy collection, some ice cream scoops, muffin cases, bowls, ice cream cones and sprinkles.

The kids took turns swapping between being the shop keeper and the customers and it was a wonderful role play that kept going and going.

It is also fantastic play for young kids who put things in their mouths as this won’t hurt them at all if they decide to taste a little. It is however, important to stress that your kids shouldn’t really eat this dough like they would real ice cream as it’s just for play.  

Fun for:

  • Birthday party activity
  • Birthday party favour (do up kits to give – see here for a similar idea)
  • School holiday activity
  • Just because it’s fun
  • Prank!

What you need:

  • Ready-made frosting. I used a Betty Crocker 435g tub of vanilla frosting
  • Approx 4 cups icing sugar
  • Food colouring
  • Ice cream cones (or small bowls/cupcake cases), sprinkles, scoops and anything else you need for play

Ice cream Play Dough

  1. In a large bowl, add half of the frosting (which is approx. ¾ cup). Leave the other half for another batch. The 435g frosting tub I used made 2 batches of dough so I made one pink and the other green.
  1. Using the dough hooks on your mixer, gradually add in 2 cups of icing sugar.  Mix until the dough comes together is not sticky. I actually used slightly less than 2 cups so keep feeling it until it is no longer sticky.
  1. Add in a few drops of colouring and mix until combined. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  1. Repeat process with remaining frosting and icing sugar. This time, add a different colour. Transfer into a bowl and you are ready for play.
  1. Set up a scene using your different flavoured ‘ice cream’ along with cones, sprinkles, scoops, bowls, muffin cups, spoons and whatever you associate with eating ice cream. Let their little imaginations run wild as they order, create and serve.

Ice cream Play Dough - it looks real!

Ice cream Play Dough - it looks real!

Ice cream Play Dough - it looks real!

Ice cream Play Dough - it looks real!

Ice cream Play Dough - it looks real!

Ice cream Play Dough - it looks real!

Ice cream Play Dough - it looks real!


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    Homeschool Through the Year: June
    May 13, 2016 at 10:23 am

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    June 5, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Mine would want to eat this in its entirety!

    Great idea though.

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    August 16, 2016 at 6:58 am

    How long does this last for please? If I make it the night before will it dry out?
    Thanks so much

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    June 7, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Hello, is tat only for playing or also for eating? Thanks

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    April 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    It looks so realistic and I love the idea, apart from the ingredients being sweet, my class would definitely eat it and it doesn’t take much for them to go on a sugar rush! Any other ingredients could we try?

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    September 21, 2018 at 8:48 am

    We did this today, My kiddos just loved it . they are just 3 or turning 3 soon. no one tried to eat it. I added cocoa powder to one and it was fabulous. We had Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. This was an amazing invitation to play. The children really had to use their upper body strength to scoop the ice cream. Thank you. <3

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    November 1, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Can you just use a hand mixer? I don’t have the dough attachment. Thank you

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      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      November 1, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Should be fine. Just add it slowly, and you might need to kneed the last bits.

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