Ice Cream Art Fine Motor Painting

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Summer is in full swing, and one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful weather is to go outdoors and enjoy a delicious ice cream treat. But what do we do when the weather doesn’t cooperate or we’re looking for an indoor activity? We bring out the hands-on, ice cream themed activities! You and your students are going to really love this easy and super fun Ice Cream Art fine motor painting project!

*Pair with our Summer Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

Bring the summer fun indoors with this FREE template for a hands-on Ice Cream Art fine motor painting project your students will love!

Ice Cream Art Fine Motor Painting

As teachers, it is important to find ways to stretch little minds and bodies so that learning and growth is taking place with every single activity. That’s what makes this ice cream cone fine motor art project perfect for your next classroom painting activity. We are taking a fun art project, and by changing one small thing, we turn it into a fine motor activity instantly!

Simply replace your typical paint brushes with a pom pom and clothespin as your painting tool. You then will be encouraging little fingers to grasp and pinch the pom pom with the clothespin before dipping it into paint.

Let’s get started with a few simple supplies and be sure to grab the FREE Ice Cream Cone printable below!

Grab some paints, clothespins, pom poms, and print the free ice cream cone template for this fun art project.


  • Washable paints
  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pom poms
  • Clothespins
  • Ice cream cone FREE printable (at the end of the post) 

How to Make the Ice Cream Art Project

Be sure to print out the ice cream cone printable at the end of the post. You can print it directly onto white or colored paper of your choosing.

If you print it on white paper, you can have children trace, cut, and paint. If you print on colored paper you can skip the tracing process.

Trace the ice cream cone template on brown construction paper.

Have the kids assemble their pom pom paint brushes and it’s time to paint!

Teacher Tip: If you have preschoolers, it’s important to model this for them as they may not know how to properly open and close a clothespin.

Clip the pom pom to the clothespin for a homemade painting tool.

The kids can decide if they want their cone to have one, two, or three scoops of ice cream. When they are done painting they can glue their ice cream cones together.

We like to draw lines on the cone to make it look real and more detailed.

Assemble your ice cream art project by gluing the scoops to the cone.

If the paper starts to roll up on the edges after painting, I like to glue the ice cream cone masterpiece to a second piece of paper.

Sometimes we even add glitter or sequins as sprinkles!

Use sequins or glitter for adorable ice cream sprinkles.

For my preschoolers, I like to glue their ice cream cone and scoops to a piece of paper before they start painting so that they can focus more on painting their masterpiece than trying to hold the pieces in place as they paint them.

Glue the entire assembled cone to a second piece of paper to make painting easier for yournger children.

My students loved cooling down with this ice cream art fine motor painting project, and I’m sure yours will too!

The final ice cream project is so fun and each one is unique.

Grab Your FREE Printable

Ready to make an ice cream masterpiece of your own? Grab your free copy of the ice cream art template by clicking on the large, yellow download button below! Click Here to Download Your Printable

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  1. Thanks so much for the great template! Do you think the Bingo Dot markers will work as well as the cotton ball painting?

    1. Hi Beverley,
      Great question! Yes, I think the BINGO dot markers will work well and also it works those fine motor muscles too! Enjoy!

  2. Thank you for the template! I work in a special education class and I know the children will love painting ice cream cones!

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