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This week the theme for the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids is friendship and the featured book is Should I Share my Ice Cream by Mo Willems. To accompany the book my 4 year old made these beautiful Paper Tube Friendship Bracelets using things we already had around the house.
You can find out more about the book club along with details on how you can join in here.
In the book Gerald can’t decide whether to share his ice cream with his best friend Piggie and has a timely decision to make. The book is a wonderful way to discuss friendships and the rewards of sharing with young children and great for early readers.
Whilst making these bracelets we talked about our friends and who we would be making these for. This simple friendship craft can be made using so many different materials but I stuck with glitter and sequins to keep it simple.
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To start with we cut the paper tubes in half and then made a snip down the middle length ways so they form a cuff that is a perfect size for children.
I had thought about covering them in plain white paper first but this proved to much effort so we keep the tubes plain and I picked dark enough stickers and glitter pens to show up against the cardboard.
Georgia then set to work decorating each bracelet and taking a long time deciding exactly how each one look depending on which friend it was for. Each sequin and stroke of glitter was well thought about and she even designed one of herself.
Not wanting to be left out Jack had a go as well although he didn’t decorate the tubes and was more interested in just squeezing the glitter glue pens on to the paper.
We left them overnight so the glue could dry and she can’t wait to hand them out to her friends next week. She even gave one to her Dad who will wear it with pride I’m sure!
More Should I Share My Ice Cream Activities:
Check out more fun ideas for the book Should I Share My Ice Cream from the Kids Virtual Book Club co-hosts.
- Writing – What Makes a Good Friend? Ice cream craft (Sea of Knowledge)
- Name – Simple Friendship Concentration Game for Preschoolers (Toddler Approved) and Spelling Names Ice Cream Centre (Still Play School)
- Number – Learning About our Friends Graphing Activity for Preschoolers (Rainy Day Mum)
- Sensory – Kind Words Sensory Lesson (Preschool Powol Pockets) and Listening Games with Elephant and Piggie (Inspiration Labourites)
- Cooking – Making Pumpkin Ice Cream with Friends (The Educators Spin On It) and Cupcake Cones (Kori at Home)
- Science – Making Ice Cream With Friends (Mama Smiles)
- Colours – How to Make a Colour Mixing Ice Cream (Peakle Pie)
- Pre-Writing – Preschool Pencil Control (Craft Create Calm) and How to Make Happy Faces in the Sand Tray (Big Owl Little Owl Witty Hoots)
- Movement – Share the Ice Cream Fine Motor Game (Views from a Step Stool), Pass the Ice Cream Sharing Activity for Preschoolers (Sunny Day Family), Gross Motor Core Strengthening Friendship Activity for a Group (Sugar Aunts) and Friendship Ice Cream Throw (Adventures of Adam).
- Shapes – Build 2D and 3D Ice Cream Cones with Friends (Kara Carrero) and Make Piggy & Elephant with Shapes (Mosswood Connections)