We are continuing our Virtual Book Club series with a story about friendship. This weeks book is “Should I Share My Ice Cream” by Mo Willems. The story follows Gerald the elephant’s decision on whether he should share his delicious ice cream cone with Piggie or eat it himself. By the time Gerald finally decides to share, the ice cream has melted. Luckily Piggie comes to the rescue and the pair share Piggie’s ice cream. The story ends with the two friends leaning against each other, happy to show each other that they are loved and feel loved in return.
Making friends and keeping them are an important life skill. Adam is at the early stages of understanding the complexities of friendship. Inspired by the story Should I Share My Ice Cream? I set up a Friendship Ice Cream Cone Throw game. Each time Adam managed to throw an ice cream ball into a cone he had to name one of his friends and say what he liked about that person. As Adam has only just started school he does not have a wide circle of friends yet. Therefore Adam’s list included family members.
Resources needed for Friendship Ice Cream Cone Throw
* Twelve Plastic Golf Balls
* Nine Ice Cream Cup Cones
* A box lid (optional)
How to set up Friendship Ice Cream Cone Throw
Take your permanent marker pens and colour in the plastic golf balls. I made three red balls (to represent strawberry ice cream), three yellow balls (for banana ice cream) and three brown balls (for chocolate ice cream). I left three balls plain white to represent vanilla ice cream.
I placed nine ice cream cup cones into the lid of a box. It is important that you use cup cones as they have a flat base. The cones fitted securely inside the box lid which meant they didn’t fall over during the game. Finally we placed the box on a tree stump so that the activity was at the correct height for Adam.
How to play Friendship Ice Cream Cone Throw
There are several ways to play with the ice cream cones. As a basic game Adam took a pretend ice cream ball, stood back from the cones and had to throw his ball into an ice cream cone. If it landed inside the cone he had to name a friend and explain why that person was a good friend. For example “Max is my friend because he plays trains with me.”
The game required Adam to focus on his hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills, as well as thinking about what it means to be friends with someone.
Throw A Compliment: In this game you play with a friend. Each person takes it in turn to throw the ball into the cone. As the ball lands then give your friend a compliment. Tell them why they are a good friend and what qualities that you admire about them.
Friendship Tic Tac Toe: Each friend chooses one set of coloured balls. Take it in turns to throw a ball and pass a compliment. However, this time the object is to get three of the same coloured balls in a line – this is certainly easier said than done.
Check out the other friendship themed activities for preschoolers as part of the Virtual Book Club series:
Simple Friendship Concentration Game for Preschoolers – Toddler Approved
Spelling Names Ice Cream Center – Still Playing School
Cupcake Cones – Kori at Home
Ice Cream Catapult – JDaniel 4’s Mom
Friendship Ice Cream Is a Fun Way to Practice Sharing – Mama Smiles
Pass the Ice Cream Sharing Activity for Preschoolers – Sunny Day Family
Gross Motor Core Strengthening Friendship Activity for a Group – Sugar Aunts
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