AHEAD: Have you ever scrape painted before? It’s surprisingly so much fun and it can create some really really cool designs and patterns. Check out this scrape painted ice cream craft for summer or for anytime your kids want to make an ice cream craft! An ice cream craft made using scrape painting technique!
Scrape Painting = STEAM Painting
Did you know that scrape painting is actually a great and easy way to talk about forces with your toddler or preschooler or older kids. What are forces? A force is a push or pull. When the wind blows a leaf or when you kick a ball, that is a force. Forces are how things move. They can change the shape of an object: think of when you stretch a rubber band to launch a Pom Pom in a catapult. Forces can change the speed of an object. Sometimes forces cause objects to move, and sometimes forces slow, stop, or change the direction of an object’s motion. And we can explore forces easily with scrape painting.
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Scrape Painting Science
When you scrape paint you are usually exerting a pull force moving the paint towards you. You can also experiment by pushing the paint as well. I also like to experiment with other directions.You can push the paint diagonally or even in a circle or up and down! You can use forces to move the paint in any direction you choose. Let your little one experiment with the paint and with color with this activity. When they are doing they will have some very unique looking ice cream cone flavors.
Summer Crafting with Little & Big Kids
Making this scrape painted ice cream craft was so much fun! We also had fun describing the flavours as we were building our ice cream cones. This craft is also a lot of fun because it has multiple steps which is great for older kids but there are opportunities to take breaks for little kids.
If your toddler isn’t into making the ice cream cone, they can still enjoy the scrape painting. You can set their painting aside to dry, cut out the shapes and put the craft together another day.
If you have a kid that doesn’t want to wait for their painting to dry, you can either dry them outside in the sun or use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
How to Make A Scrape Painted Ice Cream Craft
Here’s how you can create a scraped painted ice cream craft: Pour out small drips of paint either all over your white card stock or in just one spot, such as the top.
Take your old gift card our expired credit card and scrape it down towards you, diagonally or even in a circle.
Wipe off the card in between each scrape in order to prevent the colors from mixing too much.
Paint with several different colors on at least three sheets of paper to make three different scoop flavours.
For the ice cream cone, use brown, yellow and orange paint drops. Scrape it with the credit card.
Add more colours and scrape in a diagonal direction using a piece of cardboard to give it an ice cream cone texture.
Set the paintings aside to dry.
Once dry, turn them over and draw the outline of an ice scoop on the colorful paintings. Cut them out.
On the brown textured painting cut out a few triangles.
Take another sheet of white card stock. Glue down the ice cream cone and the scoops of ice cream on top.
Finish with a red Pom Pom in top.
This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 7 year old. Younger toddlers will need assistance.
This is a mess level is high. Protect your surfaces with cardboard or newspaper.
Difficulty to Create
Skills Developed in Scrape Painted Ice Cream Craft
Colour recognition, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
Supplies for Scrape Painted Ice Cream Craft
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- White Card stock
- Washable kids paint
- Old gift card, or expired credit card
- Cardboards cut into credit card pieces
- Red Pom Poms
Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
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