July Parent Zone 2010

July Parent Zone 2010

We All Scream for Ice Cream

There’s nothing better than eating some ice cream to cool off on a sunny summer day.  Whether you go to the ice cream stand, buy it from the ice cream truck cruising your neighborhood, or make your own ice cream, there are many ways to enjoy eating America’s favorite frozen treat.

If you’ve never tried making ice cream before, go online and find a video tutorial.  The process is simple to do and your kids will love it!  You can even find recipes that don’t include dairy products for you or your lactose-intolerant children.

If you do decide to make your own ice cream, plan on using an afternoon to teach while having lots of fun.  Your kids can learn math skills by measuring the ingredients, chemistry concepts by studying the freezing process, and even social studies as you research the history of ice cream.

So go make and eat some ice cream with your family and see what all the screaming is about on a hot summer day like today!

Other Links to Explore

July is National Ice Cream Month: Activities to Do With the Kids

National Geographic Kids Article: Ice Cream

Ice Cream Fun Facts

Math Can Take You Places Activity: Let’s Make Ice Cream

Screaming for Ice Cream

Why Does Eating Ice Cream Give Me a Headache?

Books:

Ice Cream: The Full Scoop
by Gail Gibbons

Wemberly’s Ice Cream Star
by Kevin Henkes

Because Your Daddy Loves You
by Andrew Clements

Isaac the Ice Cream Truck
by Scott Santoro

Ice Cream
by Elisha Cooper

From Cow to Ice Cream
by Bertram T. Knight

Meet Stinky Magee
by Edward Sokol

Simply Delicious
by Margaret Mahy

Sweets & Treats: dessert poems
by Bobbye S. Goldstein

The Mud Flat Olympics
by James Stevenson

Music:

Kindergarten Songs
by Kidzup

Recommended Song: #21 Ice Cream Sunday

Buzz Buzz
by Laurie Berkner

Recommended Song: #13 Ice Cream Cone

Fingerplays

Traditional Poem
I scream, you scream
We all scream for
ICE CREAM!

Eighteen Flavors
by Shel Silverstein
Eighteen luscious, scrumptious flavors
Chocolate, lime and cherry,
Coffee, pumpkin, fudge banana
Caramel cream and boysenberry.
Rocky road and toasted almond,
Butterscotch, vanilla dip,
Butter brickle, apple ripple,
Coconut and espresso chip,
Brandy peach and lemon custard,
Each scoop lovely, smooth and round,
Tallest ice cream cone in town,
Lying there (sniff) on the ground.

Hey Everyone!
Our Summer Reading Program is still going on at the library! We have lots of
entertainment and programs to ensure that your children have loads of fun!
Here are a few photos of events at the M/RCPL!
From “Papa Dieux’s Well” A Haitian Folktale

From: “Papa Dieux’s Well” A Haitian Foltale

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