Ice Cream Craft for Kids: Color Mixing Activity

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This ice cream paper craft is a fun way to teach even the youngest of artists some color mixing skills! Grab some colored cardstock, rainbow sprinkles and 20 minutes of time and you’ll be well on your way to making this sweet treat activity!

color mixing ice cream activity

Color Mixing Ice Cream Craft

Summer is JUST around the corner and if my kids love one thing about the summer ice cream would be at the top of the list! Grabbing ice cream on a warm summer night is a fun treat across the world. This easy color mixing activity is centered around a classic favorite treat- ice cream cones!

This ice cream craft is perfect paired with our post about Primary and Secondary Colors. This summer treat inspired activity is a visual way to teach even the youngest of crafters how mixing two primary colors makes a new color! Our scoops of ice cream show how when you mix blue and yellow you get a scoop of green, when you mix red and yellow you get the color orange, and finally when you mix blue and red you get purple!

ice cream craft on counter


Materials Needed To Make Ice Cream Craft

  • Cardstock, all colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple (for all those scoops of ice cream!)
  • Cardstock, light brown (for your ice cream cones)
  • Cardstock (12 x 12 for your background)
  • Scissors
  • FREE Ice Cream Template (just trace and cut!)
  • Sprinkles, optional but a fun addition!
  • Red Pom Poms (like a cherry on top!)
  • Glue
  • Brown Sharpie or Marker
color mixing supplies on counter

How To Make a Ice Cream Color Mixing Activity

Step 1: Prepare your Ice Cream Scoops

Use our free template and cut the various ice cream scoop colors and ice cream cones:

Yellow – 2
Blue – 2
Red – 2
Purple – 1
Green – 1
Orange – 1
Ice Cream Cones – 3

colors paper scoops of ice cream

Step 2: Build your Ice Cream Scoops

Using your Sharpie or brown marker add lines to your ice cream cones. This step is optional but helps add texture to the cones. Build your ice cream scoops following the pattern named here:

Yellow – Green – Blue
Red – Orange – Yellow
Blue – Purple – Red

Following this pattern shows the secondary color in the middle of each ice cream cone.

Step 3: Add the Cherry on Top

Using small paint brush, paint some school glue on the top ice cream scoop of each ice cream cone. While the glue is still wet add a sprinkle of rainbow sprinkles on top! This step is also optional but is super fun for the kids to use real sprinkles! Finally add the cherry on top and glue each ice cream cone to a white piece of cardstock.

sprinkles on top of paper scoops of ice cream

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Use our free template for an easy guide to making the sweet scoops of “ice cream”
  2. Don’t want to use real sprinkles? Grab some extra colored cardstock and cut small pieces and glue on top instead. You can see how we did this with our Paper Plate Ice Cream Cones.
  3. Pair this with a fun book – we love the book Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet
  4. Don’t forget to grab our free color mixing activity printables for another fun activity!

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