Dessert Ice Cream Recipes Summer

Ice Cream Sandcastle Summer Snack

Kids will love eating this summer snack that looks like a sandcastle, but tastes like a yummy ice cream novelty. This sandcastle activity for kids is a quick and easy summer snack for kids! You will used a clean sandcastle mold, ice cream, vanilla wafers, and assorted candy to decorate. This is an EPIC beach activity your kids will be talking about for years to come. So add this fun idea to your bucket list to make (and eat) this summer activity for kids!

Kids will love eating this summer snack that looks like a sandcastle, but tastes like a yummy ice cream novelty. This sandcastle activity for kids is a quick and easy summer snack for kids! You will used a clean sandcastle mold, ice cream, vanilla wafers, and assorted candy to decorate. This is an EPIC beach activity your kids will be talking about for years to come. So add this fun idea to your bucket list to make (and eat) this summer activity for kids!

Summer Activity for Kids

I made this super simple summer snack for my kids. It was a HUGE hit! With how cool this looks you won’t believe how simple it is to make! All you need to make this summer snack for preschoolers is a sancastle mold, ice cream, vaniall or graham crackers, and assorted candy to decorate your creation.  This is one of those summer activities my kids still talk about! You’ve got to put this on your summer bucket list for kids and add this idea to your beach theme or summer theme with your toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5,and grade 6 kiddos.

vanilla ice cream vanilla wafers clean sandcastle mold candy for decorations shovel - optional, for eating

Summer Snack

All you need are a few simple ingredients to make this really fun summer dessert!

  • vanilla ice cream – slightly softened
  • 1 box of vanilla wafers – any brand
  • non-stick spray (like Pam)
  • clean sandcastle mold
  • candy for decorations
  • shovel – optional, for eating

summer ice cream snack

Sandcastle Activity for Kids

Start out with a CLEAN sand castle mold. You can wash one you own with soap and water or get a new one from the Traget dollar ($5) section and wash it out as well. Any size or shape will work.

Set out your ice cream to allow it to soften slightly while you prepare the sandcastle mold.

Now spray the inside of the DRY container with non-stick PAM cooking spray. Make sure to get all sized and the bottom.

vanilla wafers dessert recipe

Beach Activity

Now crush a box of vanilla wafers – any brand. I like to put them in in my food processor to get them nice and finely crushed within seconds, but you can also put them in a sealed ziplock bag and carefully crush them with a rolling pin if you prefer.

Dump a handful in your prepared sand castle mold.

Beach Theme

Summer Activity for Kids

Now rotate your ice crem mold around and back and forth to completly coer the bottom, sides, and ridgest inside the sandcastle.

Beach Activity

Summer Snack for Preschoolers

Scoop in the ice cream. Do not stir or move back and forth as it would disrupt the sand vanill wafers. Simply keep plopping more ice cream in.

Summer Bucket List for Kids

Beach Theme

Press down and smooth on the top to remove any empty pockets and add ice cream as needed to have a nice full sand castle container. Now freeze completely. We made ours the day before, but you could make it in the morning and have it ready for an afternoon snack no problem.

Sandcastle Activity for Kids

Ice Cream Activities

Turn the sandcastle upside down on a plate and pop out the the molded ice cream covered in vanilla wafer sand

HINT: Tug on the edgest to help it slide out smoothly. Having trouble, allow it to sit a couple minutes. Still having issues, you could dip the outside (not ice cream top) in a sink of warm water to loosen the edges.  We never needed any help but to pop it right out by loosening the edges. SUPER EASY!

Feel free to add extra handfulls of vanilla wafer cookie sand around the castle or to add more to your delicious sandcastle creation.

Summer Snack for Preschoolers

Summer Bucket List for Kids

Now it’s time to decorate your sandcastle. You will want to have all your candy decorations ready to go as this is an ice cream dessert so you don’t have an indefinete amount of time to decorate. LOL! WE used kit kat pieces, M&M, etc.

summer desserts for kids

Summer Desserts for Kids

Now it’s time to dive in to this super cute and FUN summer snack or summer dessert for kids!

quick and easy summer snack for kids

Ice Cream Dessert

For as cute as it is, you wouldn’t expect it would taste so yummy. But it is delicious! Such a fun,  outrageously cute, and memorable summer activity for kids! This is a must add to your summer bucket list ideas!

cute summer dessert sandcastle ice cream

Summer Fun

Depening on the size of the mold, this will be a family beach snack or a sandcastle snack to share with friends or a large family gathering! This is so fun and MEMORABLE!

Bring some beach fun home with this super simple, sand slime. This sand slime recipe is quick and easy to make for your beach theme or a summer activity for preschoolers.  Kids of all ages, from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students will LOVE this beach slime! Summer is almost here and that means it is time for fun Summer learning! This summer steam project is loads of fun! Kids will design and build a sandcastle from cardboard rolls. This castle activities allow students to work on engineering, creativity, design, art, science, and more. This tp roll projects is a must with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. So keep those toilet paper rolls to try this fun summer activity for kids. Beach Science Experiments sandcastle-printable-alphabet-puzzles

Beach Theme

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Ice Cream Activities

If you are looking for more ice cream activities to add to your ice cream theme of summer learning, check these out!

 ice cream addition task cards color matching ice cream activity sentence scrambles to cut and paste an ice cream reader

Ice Cream Theme

ice cream i spy worksheet  ice cream math craft ice cream patterns for kids

Ice Cream Activity for Kids

Kids will love eating this summer snack that looks like a sandcastle, but tastes like a yummy ice cream novelty. This sandcastle activity for kids is a quick and easy summer snack for kids! You will used a clean sandcastle mold, ice cream, vanilla wafers, and assorted candy to decorate. This is an EPIC beach activity your kids will be talking about for years to come. So add this fun idea to your bucket list to make (and eat) this summer activity for kids!

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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