... 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.
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!!!
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