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Our book this week (9/19/2016) is: Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
This book’s main theme is about friendship and sharing and highlights the friendship between Elephant and Piggie. I will admit that before this, I hadn’t read anything by Mo Willems but I think he’s going to become a family favorite in our house. I enjoy his writing style and the illustrations are lovely.
Squeaker also approves which is definitely a plus.
To go along with the book, we made cupcake ice cream cones from cake mix to share with our friends at church. It was the first time that Squeaker has helped me with a baking project but definitely won’t be the last as I think she had a lot of fun.
But what can a toddler or preschooler do to help?
- Line up the ice cream cones (helps with counting!)
- Mix the batter
- Crack eggs (with help)
- fill the ice cream cones
- frost the ice cream cones
- put on sprinkles
I think a lot of it also depends on how much you’re willing to let them do and how much of a mess you don’t mind cleaning up. It will also depend, of course, on how old your child is and how well they can follow directions.
What you need:
- 24 ice cream cones (with a flat bottom)
- Cake mix of choice
- butter (I use butter instead of oil)
- 9×13 cake pan
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set up your ice cream cones in the baking pan
While the oven is preheating, prepare cake mix according to package directions
Once ready, pour by spoonfuls into the ice cream cones. Just be careful to not overfill
Bake according to package directions and once cool, frost as desired and top with sprinkles (optional)
Share with friends!
And save one for yourself so you can enjoy it with your favorite book
Want more fun activities that also promote friendship and sharing? Check out some of these!
- Simple Friendship Concentration Game – Toddler Approved
- Ice Cream Name Puzzles – Still Playing School
- Learning About Our Friends – Rainy Day Mum
- Kind Words Sensory Lesson – Preschool Powol Packets
- Listening Games with Elephant and Piggie – Inspiration Laboratories
- How to Make a Catapult – JDaniel 4’s Mom
- Friendship Ice Cream – Mama Smiles
- Paper Tube Friendship Bracelets – Clare’s Little Tots
- How to Make a Color Mixing Ice Cream – Peakle Pie
- Preschool Pencil Control – Create, Craft, Calm
- How to Make Happy Faces in a Sand Tray – Witty Hoots
- Share the Ice Cream (fine motor game) – Views from a Step Stool
- Pass the Ice Cream Sharing Activity – Sunny Day Family
- Gross Motor Core Strengthening Activity – Sugar Aunts
- Friendship Ice Cream Cone Throw – Adventures of Adam
- Ice Cream Cone STEM Challenge for Kids – Kara Carraro
- Piggie and Elephant Shapes Sharing Activity – Mosswood Connections