Play: Ice Cream Birthday Extravaganza
My sweet Alethea turned 3 yesterday! To celebrate, I planned a whole week of ice cream related activities (one each day) and then topped it off with an ice cream themed birthday party on Saturday. Here are some of the highlights.
We got ice cream from the ice cream man. Up until Monday, all they knew was that some big truck came around blaring music from it, typically right after they got in bed and were trying to fall asleep. Now they know the
imitation ice cream goodness that lays inside of it. They chose a Dora ice cream bar to share and they thought it was the coolest thing ever.
|balloon + brown paper= ice cream cone!
inspired by Martha Stewart
|free-handed these out of extra large construction paper|
Next, each kid got their own ice cream bowl and then filled it with homemade playdoh ice cream. We made chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and banana. This is the recipe I used for the vanilla, strawberry and banana (substituting different extracts). The chocolate recipe is a little bit different because you use cocoa to get the rich brown color and chocolatey goodness smell.
|Each bowl was a double batch of the playdoh recipe I used.|
We used some sequins for the “sprinkles” and I painted small wooden balls red for the cherries. I think the kids really liked it!
|The Playdoh Spread|
|I think it was fun to use real ice cream scoops,
but the kids also liked using their spoons.
|Finished project! We bought the bowls off Oriental Trading as well.|
Our last activity was pin the cherry on the ice cream cone. I wasn’t sure if the kids would be old enough, but this was a funny and fun game. Aly was a little nervous at first (telling me she didn’t want to play it)…but after most of the kids went, she saw how silly it was and decided to participate.