by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
July is National Ice Cream Month. Here are some fun ways you can celebrate!
- Make homemade ice cream and challenge the family to come up with fun ideas for additives (gummy bears, choc chips, dollops of peanut butter, etc.)
- Schedule different people to make the Ice Cream and have an Ice Cream night each week during the month. Have a contest for the best ice cream at the end of the month.
- Experiment with different homemade cones for ice cream cones! Recipes are on the internet – modify them and add items until you find one that everyone loves.
- Create an Ice Cream and Cone family recipe book.
And if National Ice-Cream Month isn't good enough, July is also National Tickling Month and National Hat Month – crank up the fun factor this summer and celebrate them all.
- Institute an ice cream night. On that night, have the kids find, and create the most outrageous hats they can think of. The winner gets an extra scoop – and tickled.
- Tickling can be used in lieu of punishment too. You can warn your child that if they don’t stop X they will get it. When they fail to stop, you can give it to them – a good tickle down on the floor. It sure will surprise them!
- Tell your kids that you can see that you have been remiss and that you know just what they need – and give them a tickle! A child’s laughter in a house makes a home.
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