This Ice Cream Scoop Spelling Activity is as sweet as can be! My former students enjoyed this activity setup as a learning center, and now my own kids enjoy doing it in our homeschooling environment.
What do you need to make this spelling activity happen?
- Letter Tiles (Any kind will do – You can even use Scrabble letter tiles.)
- Ice Cream Cups / Bowls
- An Ice Cream Scoop
How does the activity work?
The student simply uses the ice cream scoop to scoop out a batch of letters. They then look at those letters to see if they can make any words!
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For older students, maybe you could set up consonants in one ice cream cup or bowl and vowels in another – then have them scoop a batch of letters from each container. This will provide them with more letters which will hopefully result in larger word creations.
If the student is working independently on this spelling activity, you might want to provide them with a sheet of paper or a notebook to use to record the words they discovered. Or maybe they would enjoy writing their words on this fun printable – a free download for you to use with this activity!
Want to add a little extra ice cream fun to this experience?
How about a book about ice cream? The first time we did this activity at home, we read Duke the Dairy Delight Dog, but any ice cream-themed book would do! Do you already have one on hand? Are there any sweet reads at your local library?
- Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise
- Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream?
- Ice Cream: The Full Story
- Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
- Little Dover Book: Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae with Stickers
You could also play a fun ice cream-themed game. Scoops of Fun is a favorite in our house! One time at a birthday party, we played this Ice Cream Scoop Stacking Tower Balancing Game, and it was fun, too.
This could also be a fun time to incorporate Lakeshore Learning’s Counting Cones Set. My younger kids have used these for color sorting and counting, and my older kids have used them for multiplication! They use the number on the cone and multiply it by the number of scoops on top of the cone – yes, here is one of them using a paintbrush to draw their multiplication products in ice cream sprinkles.
We hope you’re feeling inspired with ideas for the learners you love, and we hope they have so much fun with this Ice Cream Scoop Spelling Activity!