Following the monkey and alligator song, I suggested the kids use playdough to make monkeys and a log for an alligator. This proved too challenging for most of them; they were afraid they couldn’t make it look like the animals. Our Kool-Aid-dyed playdough smelled like synthetic fruit and so kids quickly started making ice cream scoops instead.
I challenged them to make one-five scoops and even taught some of them how to roll a cone, sneaking in some geometry language when we talked about what made it a cone. Most kids had to be taught how to roll a ball of playdough, making me happy I had brought it. We compared the ice cream cones of a pair of kids: who had more scoops? Who had fewer?
Playdough is very easy to make. Keep some food colouring and cream of tartar at hand; there is absolutely no reason to spend time and money at the additional trip to the toy store to purchase Play-Doh.
Playdough recipes at Instructables
Just to show that there is nothing new under the sun: Girls making Neopolitan ice cream cones and wonderful math play with playdough at Here Come The Girls.