When my kids were little I ran our house like a little preschool and this Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone Craft was one of my favorite activities we did. Now that I run toddler classes at my home art studio for kids in West Hartford, CT I am loving bringing back some of my favorites. And my kids are loving a second chance at these fun activities. If you have never made homemade puffy paint I highly recommend it. We used it with these giant snowflakes. Only two ingredients needed and you get the coolest three dimensional paint.
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WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE PUFFY PAINT ICE CREAM CONE CRAFT
cardboard- cut into ice cream cone shapes- one per child
homemade puffy paint- equal parts shaving cream and glue
liquid watercolors- these are my personal favorite
perler beads or similar small beads like these
HOW TO MAKE THE PUFFY PAINT ICE CREAM CONE CRAFT
Prior to introducing the project, cut out ice cream cone shapes from cardboard. Because of the curves I found sharp scissors worked better than a knife. In plastic containers or bowls mix equal part glue and shaving cream. Use liquid watercolors or food coloring to tint the mixture. We made blue, pink and light green. These will be your ice cream flavors. Put out small containers of perler beads for the sprinkles.
Now comes the fun part! Invite the children to create their own ice cream cones. Encourage the children to use lots of the paint. The more paint the better for this project as it will dry puffy.
Next add the perler bead “sprinkles” to the cones.
These will need hours to dry. Once dry the result are gorgeous and remain puffy.