easy peasy paper craft ice-cream

Easy toilet roll and paper craft for toddlers. I turned on the TV to check the weather one morning this week and there was a crafts show for children on. They were making paper ice-cream. My little ones watched in awe, so it was only fitting that we gave it a try.

Toddler Paper Craft

For this toddler paper craft you will need a gachapon capsule or a shallow wide cup such as the cup on a flask, or a yoghurt carton would work too. We used origami paper, but you could easily use regular paper. You will also need some tissue and the cardboard of toilet or kitchen roll paper.

Half of a gachapon capsule (or a shallow cup);

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Insert origami paper into the capsule / cup / yoghurt carton;

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Stuff one to two pieces (or as many as you like) of tissue paper into the origami paper;

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Fold the remaining origami paper over the tissue;

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Take the ice-cream scoop out;

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Cut the cardboard of the toilet roll in half, fold down one end to make a point;

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Place the origami ice-cream into the cone;

easy toilet roll holder and paper craft

It sits in quite well so I didn’t need to use tape, but you could use tape if you want to secure it better.  My kids enjoyed this more than I expected, maybe because they had seen it on TV. They made paper ice-cream for over an hour, without needing supervision (score!). Even my just turned 1 year old was able to manage this craft. And we ended up with a veritable paper ice-cream shop!


This activity could also be useful for Mothers on bedrest looking to do easy, restful activities with children.

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  1. I’m doing this. I can see they’ll thoroughly enjoy it. I might put vanilla essence on the tissue and have extras for them to dabble with too.

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      Brilliant. If I used the vanilla essence trick no doubt little miss 1 year old would eat it!!

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