I've had the privilege of teaching our boys' art docent classes at school the last several years. I often teach with my sister. (Two of our kids are in classes with their cousins. :)
Today's art class was for my youngest son's Kindergarten class. Since November is just days away, I decided on a teepee art project that would start us thinking about Thanksgiving. The actual art is further down in this post... but first, I couldn't resist making these ice cream cone cupcake teepees as a treat for the students!
If you have any little ones in your life, these treats
could be a fun afternoon art project themselves!
Here's what you need:
Sugar or waffle ice cream cones
1 Box cupcake mix (and ingredients found on box for cupcakes)
Small tubes of colored icing
1 Disposable roasting pan (optional)
Here's where the roasting pan comes in helpful... Turn the roasting pan upside down, take a sharp knife, stab it through the tin roasting pan (how do I say that nicely? :), twist the knife, and push back the tin until you have a nice sized hole in which to hold your cone upright.
Prepare the cupcake mix according to directions. Then, spoon the batter into the cones, stopping about one inch from the top. Bake according to box directions for about 12 - 15 minutes, or until the cupcake springs back when you tap it.
While still warm, cut off the tip of the cone (cutting while still warm helps prevent the whole cone from cracking when cut).
Once cooled, generously dab frosting on the narrow (cut off) tip of the cone. Insert 2 - 3 pretzel sticks into the frosting to serve as the teepee poles. (You may need to break your pretzel sticks into smaller pieces).
Next, spread frosting over the cupcake portion - the wide end of cone or base of teepee. Dip the frosted, wide end of cone into a bowl with sprinkles. Then, create a triangular door using a knife to spread the frosting, or you could pipe the frosting - whichever is easiest for you.
Last, use your small tubes of colorful icing to add some designs to your teepee - think zigzag lines, image of the sun, etc. And that's it!
Here was our little display at school (before the students dove in!)...
And here are a few samples of their art work...
I have to agree with Picasso, "EVERY child is an artist!"
Hope you have a wonderful day!