Have an epic Father’s Day with kids using the children’s book Because I’m Your Dad as inspiration. This book, puppet theater, and homemade rocky road ice-cream treat is sure to be a hit for everyone.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Because I'm Your Dad and Disney – Hyperion Books.

Looking for a surprise homemade Father's Day activity that kids can enjoy with their dad?  I've got you covered.

Because I'm Your Dad - a book, a craft and recipe for Father's Day
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 plays. 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.

rocky road ice cream recipe

  • 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 desiccated 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.

Homemade rocky road ice cream
While the ice cream was setting in the freezer, Miss M and I set to work making a cardboard box theater.

how to make a puppet theater
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.

monster puppet theater

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.

Fathers Day activities for kids

Go check out the Because I'm Your Dad website and watch the book trailer, it's adorable.


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[email protected] June 9, 2013 - 9:22 am

I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at foodieportal.com. Over at foodieportal.com we are not photography expert snobs, we are just foodies, so pretty much all your pictures will get accepted.

Elena @ `a casarella June 10, 2013 - 7:16 am

I l-o-v-e that cardboard box theater! Pinned!!

laura June 10, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Such fun ideas!! Love them. And I’m going to have to snag that book. It looks darling.

Tracie June 11, 2013 - 2:50 am

This is a super cute idea.

I’m wanting some ice cream now. Yum.

Tonya Staab June 11, 2013 - 6:59 am

Yes, you must snag a copy, it’s not the typical this is how amazing dad’s are book.

Tonya Staab June 11, 2013 - 7:00 am

Thank you Tracie … and you should definitely make some :).

Tonya Staab June 11, 2013 - 7:00 am

Thank you Elena

Colleen @ MommieDaze June 14, 2013 - 9:29 am

I love this idea! I have to go find a copy of this book now. Thanks for the suggestion!

Virginia Luther June 5, 2017 - 11:08 pm



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