This ice cream cone with a "tower of
ice cream scoops" can be a learning tool or homemade toy for
learning colors and numbers.
The ice cream cone is not meant to be assembled all at once by the
children, but instead by stages. The cone can also be used as
an educational display / bulletin board item or to make individual
suggestions for presenting it are below.
You may want to consider laminating the
elements: scoops, cones, and labels (colors and numbers) for
extended use. After it is laminated attach Velcro to
assemble the scoops and the labels. The pieces can be stored and
reassembled again and again.
The vertical format is also an easy and convenient way to display colors and numbers
in a compact space and can be adapted for use in bulletin boards in
*Make single cones to display children's pictures.
*Make individual cones with one scoop for a vertical display
Activity #1: Craft - Ice Cream Cone Colors and Numbers 1 to
Suggestions sequence of presenting
the cone craft:
Toddlers: (Under 36 months)
1. Display individual cones with primary colors for practice.
2. Select a cone with three colors (primary colors: yellow, blue, red).
Cut out pieces and the children can assemble the cone. Provide
the color labels so they can match to the cones. Separately
conduct a number activity for numbers 1 to 3.
Progressively add a secondary color (orange, green and purple) to the cone as well as a
color word card and number.
Preschool: Ages 3+ and older.
Rainbow Colors Theme: Choose a cone with primary colors and
then present a color mixing activity that demonstrates how secondary
colors are obtained. Assemble the cone with six scoops --
primary colors and secondary colors. Separately introduce
1. Option #1: Print color templates and select from
two cone options. Review assembly below. Optional: Select
color word cards and/or number cards to add to the cones.
2. Option #2: This option is best for large
groups. Use black and white templates and print directly to color paper or construction paper.
You will print 2 ice cream
scoops of the same color per paper, which can be separated
later. Print your choice of cone to tan or brown paper. Divide the the scoops so each child has
the number of scoops for the activity. Optional: Print your choice or color or
black and white color words or number labels. For color labels,
fill the numbers and dots with markers.
3. The pieces can be precut or children can help cut some of the
pieces. Six scoops and the cone are probably too much for the
children to cut out on their own.
Learning about Primary Colors and Secondary Colors:
Before the assembly, the ice cream scoops can be used to make a
presentation about primary colors and how these mix to form secondary
colors. Print and cut out additional cones to make a graph or
use these materials and presentation for this purpose.
The scoops can be arranged from top to bottom by placing the primary
colors first, secondary colors next and brown/gray and pink last or free style. After the scoops
are organized and glued they can be pasted onto to the cone.
Distribute color labels or number labels depending on which you wish
Visit the related alphabet letter I
ice cream lesson plan.
Ice Cream Cone with
Color or Numbers Labels
*Red & Yellow
*Orange & Purple
*Brown & Pink
*Black & White
Black & White Templates:
*Color labels (English)
Letter I Ice Cream
lesson plan and printable materials