Thursday, June 16, 2016

I Scream, You Scream...

... we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!

Y'all.  Crafts have been put on hold for long enough.  We were all itching for a project and so yesterday I threw together an ice cream day for me and the kids.  Nevermind the packing mess (yes, there's still packing mess) and the fact that we were on day three of having people in our house painting our kitchen cabinets... it was on.

First up, scooping ice cream (pom poms) and counting the scoops.  We even tried different tongs and grabbers to put the correct number of scoops on top of the numbered cones.





 While Griffin played with pom poms, the boys worked on these color by numbers



While I worked on cutting out our next project, the boys watched this video...


... it's a little bit long (and super cheesy), but they enjoyed it!

Up next was this uppercase/lowercase matching game.  I didn't have colored cardstock on hand, so I printed them on white and we have big plans to color them and hopefully laminate the pieces as well.  For the time being, the game totally worked with them being plain :)


Step one was to arrange the cones (that had uppercase letters on them) in alphabetical order...


... and step two was to put the ice cream scoops (that had lowercase letters on them) on top to make a match!


Mason LOVED this and I'm excited to finish coloring it and make it a regular game at our house.


It's been a while since we've had craft time, so this was a pretty open ended project to let them get their creativity flowing.  I cut out three cones for each of them and then gave them a bunch of supplies and free range to do what they wanted. Yes, it was a mess.  Yes, it was a blast. ;)


Mason opted for the tearing method to make his first set of cones...





Luke was precise and meticulous (surprise! surprise!)...



... and Griffin made nothing that even slightly resembled an ice cream cone.  In fact, she discarded the paper with the cones on it altogether and opted for hogging the glue and using a ton of foam pieces and pink paper :)


"MY PIECES, YUKE!!!"




While Griffin napped, the boys and I got down to business with some math activities.

I printed off these pages for Mason and they were super age appropriate and he felt great about completing them start to finish on his own.





I printed off and cut out these pages for Luke.  Each page had two cones and 6 scoops with numbers on them.  He had to figure out which three scoops added up to the number on the cones and he loved the puzzle aspect of it.


I kept them separated into sets of two (two cones and 6 scoops), but I think next time I'll make larger groups to challenge him a bit more :)

Helpful hint - I wrote set numbers on the back of each set of two (there are 10 sets) so in case they all get mixed up we'll be able to sort them out again.




Done!!!


The boys asked me to draw them each ice cream cones to color and I had to oblige :)  Total amateur hour around here, but fun nonetheless.
  


Loved seeing their coloring! 



After swimming lessons we surprised the kids with ice cream before for dinner!  It was the perfect way to end our day special day.










Since I put this day together kind of last minute it wasn't necessarily a "Family Book Club" day, but... all of these have great reviews and seem like you could easily incorporate the activities above into a day based around any of the books below (click on the pictures to get more info and/or to purchase).

 

 

 

I'm determined to make more videos for my kids and so here's one for today :)


Happy Thursday, Friends!!!

PS - This post contained affiliate links, which means that if you clicked on a link and made a purchase I may receive a small commission.  THANK YOU!!!

47 comments:

  1. Love all of these! What program do you use to make your videos to music!???

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    1. When trying to make a video, it wasn't showing all of my pictures from my camera roll. Do you know how to get all my pics to appear to make selections? Thank you!

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  2. I love these theme days and all of your family book club ideas. I did a few of them with my kids last summer and they LOVED it (they are the same ages as your kids). In fact, my kids put "family book club" on their summer fun list for this year! Thanks for all of the great ideas.

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    1. I'm so glad you got to use some of the ideas and that your kids loved them!

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  3. Great ideas!! You're a super mom!

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  4. What a fun day! Awesome job!! I'm going to keep this idea...summer vacation starts next week. This will be fun! 🍦

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  5. Ummmm....can I be you when I grow up?? So much fun!

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    1. hahaha - YES! But that means you have to be a teeny bit crazy :)

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  6. I kept waiting for the part where the kids got to EAT some ice cream! So fun! Have you ever made homemade ice cream in ziplock bags?I teach 5th grade and this is one activity we do for Science in the Spring!

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    1. Luke made it at school this year and I wanted to try it... but since our kitchen is occupied by painters we decided to save it for later :)

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  7. So much fun! Where did you find the abc order scoops and cones? I looked, but was un successful. It would make a nice beginning of the year center for my classroom. Thanks!

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    1. If you click on the link that says lowercase/uppercase it takes you straight to the download :)

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  8. So much fun! Where did you find the abc order scoops and cones? I looked, but was unsuccessful. It would make a nice beginning of the year center for my classroom. Thanks!

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  9. Love all of the ice creamed themed stuff today on the blog. I have two boys 4 years apart so sometimes it is hard for me to find activities like this for both of them, you have inspired me to look!

    This question is totally unrelated to your post(Sorry!), but those tiles on the wall in your first picture of the post are so awesome! I love those, do you mind letting me know where you got them?

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    1. No worries! They're called Sid Dickens memory blocks and you can find more out about them at www.diddickens.com I buy mine at a local boutique called Ambrosia. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  10. How much fun! I love seeing the activities you do with your kids! My Mom was a teacher and we always did fun things during the summer too. I'm not a teacher so no summers off here but I like living vicariously through you!

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    1. It's hard to leave my teacher hat at school all summer :) plus I have the best time doing these activities with them!

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  11. So sweet. What do you use to make the videos mixed with pictures set to music!!??

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  12. This is awesome!! Thank you for sharing! Also, check out the app 1 Second Everyday. You choose one second of video that you took for that day and then can put them together in a collage. It's super fun!

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  13. I just love this idea! My daughter is going to pre-K next year & I think she'd love these activities!

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    1. she totally would!!! Let me know what she thinks if you end up trying them!

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  14. What a fun activity and the video was adorable!

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  15. What a darling day! You are such a great mom. I wish more parents planned fun days like this for kids!

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    1. Thank you!!! I have a blast doing it with them!

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  16. Your activity order and timeline looks very thought out with the boys working on math while Griffin slept. Teachers for life! Do you guys have an ice cream maker? We love ours!

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    1. Hahaha - it's funny that I didn't think of that as thought out.... but I guess it is :) We don't have one, but I think the kids would love it. We're big Braums and Blue Bell fans around here, not sure if homemade could compete :)

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  17. What a fun and special day! I actually bookmarked this because I love all these fun activities!

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    1. YAY!!! Hope you found a couple you could incorporate at home :)

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  18. What ages do you reccomend for the math activities? Thanks

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    1. I think it depends on the kids.... Luke has always been really advanced in Math, so these were a little too easy for him. I'd say it's more about ability than age if that makes sense. You could easily alter the activities (make your own version) with two number addition (instead of three) for the activity luke did or with counting dots instead of adding for the activity Mason did. Hope that makes sense!

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  19. I love this (although lets be honest, we would just head for ice cream in our house)...but you call your drawings amateur? Seriously - all the talent!!!

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  20. Thank you..thank you for the ice cream learning ideas and websites!! I also have a going into kindergarten little one and a two year old.
    The ice cream pictures you made for them to color are amazing!:) God bless!:)

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  21. You are such a fun mom! And you think of the best crafts. Totally saving this for future reference!
    Also, side note, I LOVE how you decided to hang your Sid Dickens! They look great!

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  22. So cute! Would love to know where you got your upper case/lower case sheets. Thanks!

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  23. I love your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! As for videos and taking more, I've started using an app called "One Second Everyday." It was free when I got it but I think you have to pay for it now. Even so, it's totally worth it! You take videos on your phone and then the app puts the clips you choose together into one second of video on a calendar. (Sounds confusing because I am terrible at explaining it but it's very user friendly!) At the end of the month, I have a movie montage of our month in one second snippets. It's a lot of fun! The app gives you reminders if you want and you can "cheat" by importing videos from other days if you forget. I've taken so much more video of my kids since I started using it.

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  24. I really enjoyed your family book club ideas last year and hope you continue to post a few more this summer! These ice cream activities and book ideas are great -- we are going to do this soon! My kids loved our Eric Carle day last year!

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  25. I love your Sid Dickens tiles!! I've been collecting for 10 or so years and we have a couple of matches. I'm getting ready to repaint my dining room wall and your olive color inspires me!

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  26. I love your Sid Dickens tiles!!! I've been collecting 10+ years and we have some of the same. I am getting ready to re-paint my dining room (where I have my tiles) and your wall color inspires me!

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