Stories & Crafts: Groovy Joe

Welcome to week 10 of Stories & Crafts for preschoolers! Chill out and listen as we share an Eric Litwin favorite, Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs.

Sharing is Fun!

One of my favorite lessons from Groovy Joe is that it is fun to share. Discuss sharing with your child and then practice sharing with this fun game. First, make an “ice cream” cone for everyone who wants to play by rolling paper into a cone shape. Use ball-pit style balls or wads of colorful paper as scoops of ice-cream in your cones. Players then ask each other, “Would you like to share my ice cream?” Everyone gets to take a turn sharing their ice cream by passing it from one cone to another. This may be harder than it sounds for little ones, but the challenge adds to the silly fun. This is also a wonderful opportunity to practice politeness by remembering to always say Please and Thank You.

I is for Ice Cream Craft

Make an ice cream cone and stack it high with all your favorite flavors!

Supplies

  • 1 sheet of brown paper
  • small pieces of colored paper to cut into scoops of ice cream
  • brown marker or crayon
  • scissors
  • glue

Directions

  1. Cut out a large letter “I” using a full sheet of brown paper. Cut out ice cream scoops using the the small pieces of colored paper.
  2. Show your child how to make the waffle marks on the letter “I” as if it were an ice-cream cone.
  3. Glue the ice-cream scoop shapes along the center line of the letter “I.”
  4. As your child works, talk about the shape of the letter I: Is it a short shape or a tall shape? Does it have curvy lines or straight lines? Can you draw a letter “I” in the air using your finger? Also talk about the sound the letter I makes. Isn’t it neat how letter I says it’s name in the word ice cream?  Can you think of other words that have the same sound?
  5. Finish it off by putting a cherry on top! Looks delicious!

Groovy Dance Party!

Learn the groovy dance with the groove master himself, Eric Litwin, and a lucky group of school kids from Montana.

Books

If you and your children would like to read more wonderful books about sharing and friends, here they are. Enjoy! Find more Stories & Crafts.

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Marlana is a youth services specialist who has worked in the Kids Library for the last 15 years. She enjoys creating and learning with kids of all ages. Her favorite books all have strong heroines, dragons, and magic. When not at the library, you can often find her riding her trusty bicycle, hiking with her dog Lily, playing board games with her family, or reading another great book.