This week’s book for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems. We never read this one prior to this week even though we love Mo Willems books. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is a current favorite, so we were excited to check this one out.
In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald is very excited about his ice cream and debates whether or not he should share with his friend Piggie. The more time goes by, the more his ice cream melts and before you know it – it’s gone! Good thing Piggie shows up just in time and happily shares her ice cream with Gerald. It’s such a cute story and a great way to talk about friendship!
We decided we would like to do an ice cream craft to go with this book. We love watercolor – especially when we can reveal “magic words” while painting. This friendship ice cream craft includes that! As the child paints, friendship words are revealed, providing the perfect opportunity to talk about what it takes to be a good friend.
Friendship Ice Cream Craft:
The Ice Cream Scoops and Cone Printable, watercolors, a paintbrush, white crayon, glue, and construction paper (optional).
- On the Ice Cream Scoops and Cone Printable, write words that make a good friend on each scoop using the white crayon. I recommend writing them along the bottom of each scoop so that when it’s time to glue the scoops together the words don’t get covered. It is easier to do this near light so you can see what you are writing. We used the following words: share, care, nice, listen, gentle, fun, and help.
- Now it’s time to paint! Have the child paint with watercolors over the words on the scoops. As the friendship words are revealed, talk about what the words mean and how a good friend does these things.
- Color or paint the ice cream cone.
- Build your ice cream! Cute out the scoops and cone and glue the pieces together. Optional: Glue the whole thing on construction paper.
Here’s a video of our friendship ice cream we posted over on Instagram: