Ice Age

 

THEME:  Ice Age

I don’t know what it is about Ice Age, but it seems that it just gets funnier each time we see it.

SIT DOWN: Quiet activity

Ice Age Coloring Sheets

The joy of coloring is being reborn!  It’s not just for kids anymore. Coloring is becoming more and more popular among adults.  Adult coloring books have proven to be helpful for stress relief, relaxation, and sharpening our creativity.  So grab your cup of coffee, and your crayons and sit down with your kids and start out your day coloring with them.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Something to get those little ones up and moving)

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In Ice Age, the characters come into a cave and find themselves flying down a giant “ice slide”. . We tried out the old cardboard-down-the-stairs idea!  I had to rummage through the garage to get the biggest cardboard box I could find.  It was perfect, about half the width of our stairs, we had plenty of room to run back up and go down the slide again, and again! For this activity we were lucky enough to have the kids cousins with us! It’s a well-known fact that everything is much more FUN with your cousins!

*The best thing about this is that it made it into a paper of Eddies school work. It makes me so happy that he not only enjoys our theme days, but he is excited enough about it to share and write about it.

SPECIAL SNACK:(To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)

Ice cream of course, what else would you do on “Ice Age” day?  To make it extra special, I thought the kids needed to make it themselves.

Ice Cream in a Bag

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The bags get cold!

What you will need:

– 1 cup half and half
– 2 tbsp sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 cup coarse salt
– quart size ziploc
– gallon size ziploc halfway filled with ice
Mix your 1/2 & 1/2, vanilla, and sugar together. Add to the quart ziploc and seal tight.
Place that bag in the gallon bag with ice and salt
Set a timer for 8 minutes and have the kids shake the bags. They are churning their own ice cream!

They had fun with this!  They shook it, they tossed it, they threw it up in the air! After 8 minutes we tossed aside the ice bag, and opened up the quart size bag. Inside was yummy delicious homemade ice cream!!  The only thing I did wrong here was, I didn’t make one for me.

CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  (make a craft, use our imagination)

Cave Drawings!

Oh my goodness, I loved this idea!!  When Manny discovers what happened to his family and other mammoths like him, it was because of the story told on the walls of a cave.  I had the kids pretend that our table was their “cave”, and they had to make their own cave drawing. I cut open a brown paper bag and taped it underneith the table for them to draw on.

They would have stayed under there all day!  They thought this was so cool.

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WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

I always love to tie everything together by watching the movie.

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I know it’s hard to take the time to stop and do kid stuff. I want to encourage you, it’s so important!  All it takes is a few minutes of YOU giving them your ATTENTION.  Remember, what your kids need more than anything else is YOU!

 

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