for Ages 4 years and up with adult supervision and help
Our neighborhood is not just small---it's secluded. We never see an ice cream truck drive through ringing its bell and dishing out yummy treats. So, we made our own! ~MelindaI saved about 2 weeks worth of cardboard boxes making sure they didn't cut up and tossed in the recycling. The kids and I spent about an hour putting together our own version of the Ice Cream man right in our own garage.
- Cardboard boxes of various sizes
- Poster Paint
- Medium Paint Brushes
- Spray Paint
- Scrap Cardboard
- Popsicle sticks
- Pen or Marker
- Scoop and Stack Ice Cream Cone Play Food Set
1-2 hours depending on paint drying time
protect clothing and workspace
Using various size boxes arrange them so their shape resembles a box truck. Decide on your color scheme and start painting. I didn't want to waste all of our poster paint just to color our boxes so I used the spray paint for a faster transformation. Only adults should use the spray paint. I DID NOT allow my children to do this step. The boxes dried quickly in the sun since I wasn't concerned about getting full coverage.
As I was spray painting on the grass the kids were creating 3D ice cream features to decorate the truck. The teen used cardboard scraps to cut out popsicle and ice cream cone shapes and the younger kids painted them with bright poster paint and popsicle stick details.
I gave the 4 year old a couple paint brushes and a few containers of poster paint and told her to give me polka dots all over the outside the painted truck boxes.
A menu was created to show our customers all of the yummy pretend treats we would be selling. The details were added and we were ready to put it all together.
The truck was assembled and put onto wheels (our trusty wagon). A little bit of tape kept the smaller "ice box" secured to the rest of the truck.
With just a bit of imagination and a few supplies sitting in the garage we were able to to put together something fun and creative! Placing a real cooler into the large box can easily hold actual ice cream treats for the kids to sell or share during bbqs and get togethers.
Melinda is half of the Mom & Dad blogging team from LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! Almost 5 years ago Melinda left the corporate world to focus on raising her children while being a SAHM. With 15 years of parenting practice to 3 kids life has provided her many experiences that she has used to educate the family on morals, ethics and the difference between right and wrong. While academics are very important, a full education goes beyond books and grades. Melinda strives to raise children with good hearts, strong principles and a foundation built on love and respect for others.