My girls are SOOOO into ice cream these days. I’m sure the fact that it’s hot outside isn’t hurting things. But they ask for ice cream as their special treat every single day. They wait at the window for the ice cream truck (that only seems to hit up our neighborhood once every 2 weeks in the summer). And they love to get to play ice cream shop with their stuffed animals and dolls.
There’s something very big about ice cream to the girls in the 5-8 year-old range, so I thought I’d put together some great ice cream gift ideas. I hope it goes without saying that boys might also enjoy many of these toys (I only have girls, though, so that’s my point of reference). These are a sure bet if you are invited to a birthday party and have no clue what to get the child in this age range. And they also can bring about a lot of extra fun during the summer.
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My girls are playing with this fun toy that Playmobil sent us on the daily. It pairs so well with the school house and bus that they have. The girls take their students on field trips to see the ice cream man. Love it! Some assembly is required but it is designed for kids to be able to do, which adds to the fun of the toy! Highly recommend. $24.99
I’ve heard fantastic things about this product. It gives kids the ability to make their own ice cream…if they are willing to put in some sweat equity. About 25 minutes of active play is required for the device to work and produce ice cream. Love the idea of earning the treat! $30.42
This is something my girls would totally flip over. A soft, squishy ice cream treat that will never melt! Would be cute as a throw pillow and will also get played with as a two. Win/win! $44.99
I love the creativity and the price point! Kids can built a little ice cream shop and then break out their figurines for imaginative play. $5.99
Wouldn’t these be perfect to use at a sleepover? They’re also just fun to have for dessert time or even for pretend play time. Very fun and festive way to make ice cream even more special. $12.99
My girls are still doing homework all summer long, but these would make all that practice work more fun! I love that it comes with 48 erasers; these are perfect to set aside as party favors or to just give out to friends on the first day of school. $7.56
Calico Critters are still pretty big with both of my girls, so a new play set to add to the collection would be just wonderful! $34.99
This would be the Cadillac of ice cream toys, for sure. Lots of fun for the kid with a big imagination. Would be fun to set up next to a lemonade stand! $149.00
Round beach towels are all the rage and how stinkin’ cute is this one? Perfect for a summer at the beach or pool! $27.99
How adorable is this?!?! This is a craft kit for making lip gloss, but all while you run a pretend ice cream stand. Too cute for words! $26.49
If it’s time for a begging change it doesn’t get much sweeter than this set! $49.99
I had something similar to this as a child (I think it was a 50’s soda shop for Play-Doh) and I played with it constantly! Would love to snag this for my girls. $14.99
Super cute and perfect to keep out on a table for a few days for the whole family to work on bit by bit. $9.89
My girls have a play kitchen and this would make a great addition. They would love the cash register, too! $12.95
So perfect for drawing or coloring time. My girls adore their scented markers so I know these would be a big hit. $10.09
My girls could definitely use something new to play with in the tub. Why not make it something useful, like a sponge? $4.43
I mean, c’mon. Pair ’em with #9 for poolside perfection! $5.24
These pillow crafts are some of my girls’ very favorite craft things to do. I very highly recommend them because they really get your kids to concentrate! $13.31
I would have wanted this toy SO BADLY as a child. Who am I kidding? I still want it! Looks like so much fun and it’s got fantastic reviews! Makes “ice cream” from bubble foam while you play in the bath $24.99.
So perfect for the curious child. Make your own ice cream, learn about the science behind how it is made, and come up with your own flavor combinations. $20.45