I was hoping the lovely weather we’ve been having would continue so this ice cream parlour tuff spot I set up for Georgia could be played with outside but nope, it’s raining today, so it’s inside and I braced myself for the mess! We’ve only ever played with shaving cream on a small scale in a Frozen sensory bin which made a HUGE mess but was lots of fun. So today we tried it on a larger scale in the tuff spot.

ice cream parlour tuff spot

You will need:

  • Shaving cream (I used a cheap brand but watch for those with sensitive skin)
  • Tuff Spot(affiliate link)
  • Scoops / spoons
  • Bowls / pots / tubs
  • Added extras – we used water beads and coloured rice
  • Ice cream cones – made from an old egg box

ice cream parlour tuff spot

Of course you can add whatever you have to hand to this but things to aid transferring, pouring and scooping such as spoons and bowls are a must.  I chose an ice cream theme as Georgia is forever making ice cream whenever we get the playdough out so knew she would love this more realistic pretend ice cream play.

ice cream parlour tuff spot

As well as being great for sensory and messy play this tuff spot set up is also helps encourage imaginative and role play through pretending to make ice creams and taking on the role of ice cream maker as well as the customer. Georgia happily took on the role of making me lots of different ice cream sundaes, ice cream cones and ice cream cakes before just making one huge mess and rubbing everything in.

ice cream parlour tuff spot

Later she added further toys and the shaving cream became snow, I can’t believe her mini Frozen toys didn’t make an appearance! ice cream parlour tuff spot

Georgia also discovered that she could make marks in the shaving cream and tried out some drawings and attempted numbers before settling on a road map.

ice cream parlour tuff spot

Georgia played with this for nearly two hours, stopping only to have a snack (guess what she asked for?!) and I’ve left it out so she can continue tomorrow….it also makes the playroom smell lovely. You can find more of our tuff spot set ups here as well as lots of our sensory play ideas.

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