Looking for a surprise homemade Father's Day activity that kids can enjoy with their dad? I've got you covered.
You all know of my love of adorable monsters - not the scary kind, but the fun, brightly colored, make children smile kind. The book Because I'm Your Dad, by Ahmet Zappa tells the story (from a monster dad's point of view) of the different roles that dad's play. It's the perfect book for dad's to read to their kids on Father's Day, it's both heartfelt and fun.
I'm not one to stick to just book reading though. I thought it would be great to get the kids even more interested in the book by reading it like a play. And what's a play without a treat too?
Because I’m your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub.
That's right, we made rocky road ice cream.
To get our fun surprise afternoon for dad started, we first had to make the rocky road ice cream.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chopped cashews
- 1/2 cup mini white marshmallows
- 1/2 cup pink marshmallows
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
Place the sweetened condensed milk into a small saucepan on low heat, add the cocoa powder and continue stirring until combined.
In a blender combine the milk, cream, vanilla, and the chocolate mixture. Set aside in the refrigerator to cool for about 1 hour.
Using an ice cream maker follow the instructions for churning the ice cream. I poured ours in slowly and left it for about 25 minutes, then carefully added the dry ingredients - coconut, cashews, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Let it mix for another few minutes.
Pour the ice cream mixture into an airtight container and refrigerate until set, preferably overnight.
We started with a plain cardboard box. Using an X-ACTO knife I cut the side flaps off each end of the box, and then the bottom flap off the base of the box. Using Duck Tape I taped the remaining flaps to the box to create a window in the front, and a section in the back to put the puppets underneath.
I attached a dowel rod to the top of the front window with hot glue and folded a couple of scraps of lace over the top, tying each with a piece of twine. Miss M took to decorating the box with decorative tape and then drew a large heart for in the center.
To make the puppets I drew the outline of the father and son monster, and then she colored them in. I roughly cut them out and we attached colored popsicle sticks to each.
The kids did a trial run of the play before daddy got home from work. They took it in turns, one read the book while the other used the puppets and improvised other things the father and son monster might have said, such as the child monster being excited by all of the fun things his dad was saying, and there was lots of giggling, and oohing and aahing.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Because I'm Your Dad and Disney - Hyperion Books.