The Game Segment
There are several games you can play with the students that will set their minds in motion while teaching them fun things about ice cream.
"What does the North Pole smell like?"
This game is all about smell and imagination. Here's how you play it.
- First, divide the class into two teams.
- Next, blindfold each student with a bandana as they stand in a line.
- Place small bowls of several different flavors of ice cream that have a distinct odor on a long table.
- Tell the students what flavors are on the table but do not tell them in what order. (You can leave this part out if you want the game to be more interesting, but keep in mind, they are young children and may need the extra help.)
- Allow the students to smell the ice cream, one at a time, and yell out what flavor they think it is.
- Once they reach the end of the line, let them take of their bandana and go sit down.
- Don't allow them to help each other.
- Whichever team gets the most flavors right wins extra play time.
"What do snowballs taste like?"
This game is about taste. Here is how to play it:
- Divide the class into two teams, or keep the same teams that participated in game one.
- Blindfold each student.
- Place a different set of ice cream flavors on the table in small bowls. Do not reveal the flavors this time.
- Allow the students to taste the ice cream.
- Tally the results and when everyone has had a taste, total how many students identified the flavor correctly.
- The team with the most correct flavors wins.
- Give them a theme related sticker for winning the contest.
"Where in the world did ice cream come from?"
This game is all about learning history. Here is how you play it.
- Point to China on a big oversized map and ask the students to identify the location. (The letters need to be big so the students can see it well.)
- You can either divide the class in teams or have them play individually.
- Allow them to guess as a group if they are on teams or separately.
- After a few minutes of guesses, you reveal the location. Say something like "The answer is China." Explain to them about the history of ice cream as it relates to China.
"Pass the ice cream."
This is an active game that kids love. The play goes like this:
- Divide the class into two teams again.
- Tell them to form two single lines.
- Give every student a small bean bag.
- Next, give the first person in the line a large plastic bowl. (Large enough for some of the bean bags, but not all, to fit without it becoming too full.)
- Next, instruct the second student in line to say, "Pass the ice cream". Each student says the same phrase while putting their bean bag in the bowl and passing it down the line.
- The team who can keep all of their ice cream in the bowl and bring it to the teacher wins.
*Tip: The kids can strategize to win. For instance, they can place their strongest players towards the end of the line if they want to.
You can provide various non-food prizes for the winners, or just allow them to feel great that they won. Accumulating a collection of stickers by the end of the day will make most kindergarteners smile.