Storytime Theme: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

It’s always bittersweet at this time of year. And this week it was literally bittersweet!  This was the last storytime of the semester so that I can dive into our summer reading program planning.  Our ice cream theme made the day a little easier though!  The kids really liked sharing their favorite flavors in our “Ice Cream Poll” (chocolate seems to always win out!) and of course, we had to eat some of the cold stuff!  As we enjoyed our ice cream sandwiches, we said good bye to our friends heading to Kindergarten or preschools in the fall.  Which truly made our day bittersweet!

Books:

  • Yummy Ice Cream by Emma Quay (a sweet lesson on sharing)
  • Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise by Margaret and H.A. Rey (George is always a favorite with the kids! In this one, he visits an ice cream truck and all sorts of mayhem follows, but in typical fashion it all turns out just fine for George and the Man in the Yellow Hat!)
  • Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis (This kid has ice cream on the brain! Everything he imagines is somehow turned into ice cream. The kids enjoyed finding all of the hidden– and not so hidden—ice cream cones throughout the illustrations.)
  • Splat the Cat “I Scream for Ice Cream” by Rob Scotton (Splat and his friends are so excited to visit the ice cream factory. But when ice cream gets all over the place after Splat gets bored, they find themselves sick of it!)
  • Vanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham (Beautiful pictures bring to life the story of a sparrow who starts a journey that ultimately leads him to a little boy trying ice cream for the first time. Calm and quiet—a nice way to end storytime!)

Activity:

Ice Cream Stacker: In this craft we pretended to make our very own ice creams! Using stock photos from Blue Bell Ice Cream, kids picked their favorite flavors and made a triple scoop cone!  I made the waffle cones in Publisher—love that software!

ice cream stackers 1

 

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

ice cream 1ice cream 2

This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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