Monday, June 17, 2013

Simple Fun with Ice Cream {Gail Gibbons Virtual Book Club for Kids Blog Hop}

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We've read a few of Gail's books before, but Ice Cream: The Full Scoop was a new book to us, so we decided to check it out. We are huge ice cream lovers so we really enjoyed all of the details in the book. 

Our favorite part about the book was the illustrations. There are tons of them and they are very colorful. My toddler used them to help her think of questions and my son and I just had fun absorbing all of the facts. The book is rich with information, so you may want to read it in small chunks. We only read 2-3 pages at a time with my toddler and then did a lot of talking about what we read while making observations. 

After we read the book, we decided to have an ice cream themed weekend and do some ice cream themed activities. I am going to share four of the simple activities we tried with you...

1. {Pretend Play} Playdough Ice Cream Shop

I loved this ice cream play idea from Sun Hats and Wellie Books, so we simplified it a bit using materials we had around the house and it was a hit!

The kids made ice cream cones from brown construction paper and used pom poms for cherries and sequins for sprinkles. They loved getting to use our actual grown up ice cream scoopers too.

If I were a cooler mom, we would've made our own playdough too... but instead we just grabbed what we had from our cupboard. They had fun making and selling their ice cream all weekend long.

2. {Kitchen Chemistry} 5 Minute Ice Cream

I was totally proud of myself for attempting this activity. I've never made homemade ice cream without a machine and did not believe this would actually work. We used this 5 minute ice cream recipe from How Stuff Works, though I have many other cookbooks with more complicated recipes.

Follow the tutorial above for specific details. We made sure to wrap our large baggie in a towel as we shook it. Once it was wrapped up, we tossed it back and forth and played catch. Now I really want to try one of these Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Makers.

The recipe took more like 7-8 minutes to actually work, but we were impressed that it actually solidified. Next time we will need to make more since the kids really seemed to like it and we will use heavy cream to make it a bit more rich. :) If you have a favorite homemade ice cream recipe, feel free to share it in the comments!

I let them add sprinkles and mini chocolate chips and they were in heaven with their little treat!

3. {Learning Colors} Felt Ice Cream Cones

Next I cut out some felt ovals and triangles in different colors and the kids placed them on felt sheets to make their own felt ice cream cones.

This was a simple activity to use as I talked with my toddler about colors, sizes, numbers, and placement (ex. the blue scoop is on top of the cone). My son also turned his cones into ice cream monsters. He practiced counting and we worked on simple addition and subtraction word problems using the scoops (ex. Sarah had one scoop and Josh three scoops. How many scoops did they have all together?)  We used sequins as sprinkles again and just had a good time exploring with the felt pieces to create different masterpieces.   

4. {Family Field Trip} Going to the Ice Cream Shop

Our last ice cream themed activity included a family field trip to go get ice cream sundaes at a local creamery. Yum! Not only did we enjoy a treat, but we practiced skills like sharing, waiting turns, asking/answering questions, and listening. We also practiced our table manners.  

What is your favorite Gail Gibbons book? If you have blogged about it, we'd love for you to link up your post in the linky below! We can't wait to see all of your amazing ideas! 

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PS- If you missed any of our other Virtual Book Club Posts you can find them below:

June- Mo Willems
July- Don and Audrey Wood
August- Kevin Henkes
September- Lois Ehlert
October- Amy Krouse Rosenthal
November- Tomie dePaola
December- Jan Brett
January- David McPhail
February- Dr Seuss
March- Julia Donaldson
April- David Shannon
May- Leo Lionni

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  1. loving the felt scoops! would love if you shared this on our #kidsinthekitchen linky this week

  2. I love how simple the creation of the felt scoop activity was, yet there are so many ways kids could learn from and use the activity. Thanks for sharing how both your kids used the materials.


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