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Happy National Ice Cream Day!

on July 21, 2013

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, we took the girls out for a rare ice cream date and let them choose their favorite flavors complete with mix-ins. Little Bear was tempted by strawberry and even gave banana a passing glance, but settled on cotton candy with miniature marshmallows and Kit Kat chunks mixed in.

Cotton candy ice cream with marshmallows and Kit Kat ...

“Just the way I like it!”

As for Baby Bear, she applied the same criteria she applies to clothes, cups, lip gloss, and even doughnuts. “Dey got pink ice cream?” she asked. “I want pink!” And so she ended up with a cup full of old-fashioned strawberry goodness, marred only slightly by the inclusion of M&M’s and miniature marshmallows.

Good old fashioned strawberry -- "Pink!" -- with marshmallows and M&M's ...

“Mmmmm! Pink!”

Of course, we had to include a bit of learning in the day’s fun, so we took time to watch a brief BBC video clip that showed how ice cream is made. And in this house, every “event” must be accompanied by stories. So after a bit of searching, I chose to read Ice Cream Cows and Mitten Sheep to the girls, along with the tale of Toad’s ice cream mishap in Frog and Toad All Year. I had a much-loved copy of Should I Share My Ice Cream? in our to-be-read stack as well, but Little Bear informed me that she could now read Elephant & Piggie stories all by herself, and she proceeded to do just that.

Wrapping up the day’s fun, the girls played ice cream shop with their Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones. They matched colors with flavors, counted out scoops, and even “sold” cones to one another for two rocks per scoop. Then Mommy got in on the fun and challenged them to create a cone with two less than four scoops, a cone taller than a three-scoop cone, a cone with all the scoops in rainbow order, and so on — all in all, a fun and educational ending to a “just for fun” day.


One Response to “Happy National Ice Cream Day!”

  1. Susan says:

    I missed it!!!! I didn’t know today was National Ice Cream Day!!

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