Make a Banana Split Invitation to Play
To go along with our book, I set up a creation station for my daughter to make her own pretend Banana Split. At the creation station I included:
- Strawberry Ice Cream Dough (Recipe found at Play Create Explore) Ice Cream Dough is not edible!
- Ice Cream bowl
- Ice Cream Scoop
- plastic play food banana
- red poms (for cherries) [Ours were provided to us from our friends at Craftprojectideas.com]
- sequins (for sprinkles)
- wood beads (for nuts) [Ours were provided to us from our friends at Craftprojectideas.com]
- glitter (for sprinkles)
- Shaving Cream (for whip cream)
One of the fun parts about setting up an invitation to play is allowing my daughter to help. I told her we were going to make a banana split and made it part of the activity for her to help put together all the materials we needed. We talked about all the different toppings found on a banana split and what different craft materials we could use for those toppings.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first about the ice cream dough. I didn’t feel like mine looked like ice cream after I had it mixed up. I soon discovered though that as soon as my daughter scooped into it, it really looked like ice cream!
A note about my dough: I used a Suave Strawberry Conditioner so I didn’t use any extract to scent my dough. After having my dough mostly mixed up I suddenly realized I had forgot to add my coloring into to the Conditioner before mixing it. Dang! So I ended up putting some red liquid watercolors into the dough and finished mixing it. As you can see, the red color didn’t mix well at all! BUT…It ended up looking like real bits of strawberries in my ice cream so I decided I loved how it turned out after all.
Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of making her banana split was adding on her whip cream (shaving cream). She started out with just a couple dabs, but once she got the hang of pressing down the button she had a mountain of whip cream on her ice cream.
You can clearly see the smile on her face showing how much she loved this activity! She asked if we could keep her fake banana split forever and was sorely disappointed when I told her sorry, we couldn’t. The verdict is, ice cream dough is a MUST try!
In case you missed any prior months of the series, make sure to check out our Cupcake Foam Dough, Digging for Worms Cloud Dough, Build a Ladybug with Edible Play Dough, Making Lemon Trees with Scented Play Dough and Small Crab World with Moon Sand.
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