Father’s Day Fun Inspired by the Book Because I’m Your Dad

by Tonya Staab
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Have fun with the kids on Father’s Day with activities and homemade ice cream inspired by the book Because I’m Your Dad.

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.

Rocky road ice cream cones in a cone holder with a Because I'm Your Dad book 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.

This book is perfect to include hands-on storytime fun with the kids. So, I’ve paired this lovely story with homemade rocky road ice cream (from the quote below), and a puppet theater for the kids to act out the story as it’s being read.

Because I’m your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub.

Homemade rocky road ice cream

The first thing you need to do is make homemade rocky road ice cream. This needs to be made a day in advance.

homemade rocky road ice cream in cones in a white cone holder

Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


  • 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


  1. Place the sweetened condensed milk into a small saucepan on low heat, add the cocoa powder and continue stirring until combined.
  2. In a blender combine the milk, cream, vanilla, and chocolate mixture. Set aside in the refrigerator to cool for about 1 hour.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the ice cream mixture into an airtight container and refrigerate until set, preferably overnight.
homemade rocky road ice cream in a tub with some scooped into cones

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

Because I'm Your Dad book and a homemade puppet theater to act out the story.

Puppet theater

Homemade puppet theater for a fathers day play.

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 window with hot glue. To make curtains, I folded a couple of scraps of lace over the top, tying each with a piece of twine. Miss M decorated the box with tape and then drew a large heart in the center.

To make the puppets I drew the outline of the father and son monster, and then she colored them in. We cut them out and 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. There was a lot of improvising other things the father and son monster might have said.

A fathers day play and book for kids.

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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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