By Tamisha Anthony
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own ice cream cone, and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This February we are celebrating Black History Month and we will be featuring well-known and unsung African-American heroes at Little New-Yorkers @ Home. We will learn stories of bravery, boldness, and beauty. As we read, we will learn that stories from long ago aren’t so different from stories today.
This week, we are inspired by the book Tar Beach written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold. Ringgold is a Black author and illustrator who wrote this classic book which focuses on family, tradition, and culture in Harlem, New York in the late 1930s. This book is the imaginative story of eight-year old Cassie Louise Lightfoot and her perfect summer day, which of course includes ice cream! Today, create your own delicious ice cream cone sculpture (and maybe eat some ice cream too)!
Download and print ice cream cone template.
- Construction paper, cardstock or collage materials
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Glue or tape
- Optional: cotton balls
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color Your Ice Cream Cone
To start, use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to color your ice cream cone. Decide what flavor your cone will be. Is it a waffle cone, a chocolate cone, or maybe a double strawberry and orange creamsicle cone? It can be any flavor you can imagine!
STEP 2: Cut Strips of Colorful Paper
Now you need the scoops of ice cream! Use construction paper, card stock, or any scrap pieces of paper you have around the house. Choose colors based on what ice cream you want to eat. Do you want vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate? Or maybe you would like some lime and strawberry sherbet like below?
Cut paper into long, narrow strips. Each strip of paper is a scoop of ice cream!
STEP 3: Decorate your Ice Cream Scoops
What toppings do you want on your ice cream? Use your coloring supplies to add cherries, sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips, or maybe gummy bears! You can even use cotton balls to add whipped cream.
STEP 4: Roll Your Scoops of Ice Cream (Paper Strips)
Now you will need tape or glue. Roll each paper strip into a cylinder (like a toilet paper roll). Glue or tape the ends together. If using glue, be sure to hold the paper together for 10 seconds to make sure it sticks!
STEP 5: Add Scoops of Ice Cream to Your Cone
Using glue or tape, attach your scoops of ice cream above your ice cream cone drawing. Maybe add more cotton balls, gems, or any other crafty supplies to load up your ice cream with toppings.
STEP 6: Share your Ice Cream with Someone Sweet
Now pretend like it is summer time and enjoy your ice cream cone!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!