A SUMMER ICECREAM PARTY {the activities}

Goose turned 8 years old at the end of January.  Eight!!!  I actually contemplated not having a party after the mass of activity over Christmas & New Year….. but how could I not?!?!?!!

You’ve seen the food from the party and now we have the activities…

Santa’s gift of fun & bright nail polish in Goose’s stocking was the colour inspiration for this party – for some reason they just spoke ‘ice-cream’ to me.  So, of course we had to incorporate them into the party activities…

As guests arrived they could have their nails painted…

…apply an icecream tattoo*

…colour in some icecream colouring pages 
(these gorgeous free printable colouring pages can be found here)

…make their own paper icecream van
(these fun icecream van printables can be found here)

…play a quick game of icypole ‘memory’ (no photo) (made using this free printable)

…or pin the cherry on top of the icecream sundae!
Then we played…

The Flour Game:

1. Fill a large bowl with flour (any kind will do).
2. Tip it upside down onto a plate and pop a lolly (sweet) on the top.
(I thought a jaffa looked a bit like a cherry on the top of an icecream sundae)
3. Get the kids to sit in a circle and take it in turns to carefully take a spoonful of flour and return it to the bowl one at a time. 

4. If your spoonful causes the lolly to fall, then you get to eat the lolly… without using your hands!!!

5. Pop all the flour back in the bowl and repeat as many times as you like, so make sure you have a whole packet of lollies.

6. You will find that some try really hard not to make it fall, but others (see below) like to deliberately make it fall whenever it is their turn!  The child loves to get messy!
Then we went outside to wash it all off with some water pinatas!

I had plans to make this icecream pinata, but after two failed attempts, we decided that a water pinata would be much easier and possibly even more fun on a hot day!**

Made by hanging garbage bags on each corner of the hills hoist clothes line and filling them with water via the hose.

Then we played a relay game with water bombs…

…followed by a good old fashioned backyard slippery slide!

Black plastic, a hose & some dishwashing detergent.

This is an activity we did all the time as kids and with the drought in recent years here in Australia it has been very hard to do the same with our children.  The restrictions here in Melbourne have been reduced and you can now water your lawn with a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle attachment at any time of day… so if the kids happen to be running in front of that hose at the same time I am watering the lawn…

They had soooo much fun and in hindsight I really should have just had this activity only and skipped the rest!

Click here for more icecream party pics!

If you’d like to see some of our previous parties here at FGB headquarters, head on over to our DIY kids party ideas page!

* I am so excited about these tattoos – I made them myself – I really & truly did!  I’ll be doing a separate ‘how-to’ post very soon – stay tuned!  Addition Oct 2012 (finally) – more info on making your own tatts here.

** Did I mention it was approx. 37 degrees!  Thanks to Family Fun for the idea!
*** leftover from the space party – I love reusing & recycling for parties!  You can purchase some from your local hardware store.

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  1. says

    Emma- love it all- both posts…<br /><br />Smiles on kids faces, ice cream…slip and slide- does it really get any better!!?? <br /><br />Not in my book!!<br /><br />HB to your little one- we have a JAn 16 th b&#39;day and my nieces (sisters) are Dec 30 and Jan 2nd!! Blah! <br /><br />Melissa- Miss Sew &amp; So xx

  2. says

    Emma!! You are AMAZING!! You made the party sound pretty laid-back when you told me about it, but it looks like an amazing amount of thought and effort went into it, and it just looks like SO much fun!!! We don&#39;t have any more birthdays expected in this house for a few months (thank goodness!) but I am very tempted by a couple of the ideas here for fun family weekends :)

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