I never knew before yesterday that there was actually a designated ‘National Ice Cream Cone Day’, which is celebrated every year on September 22. It is generally believed that the cones as we know them today came into being from waffles long back; as early as 1825 in French cookbooks. Officially though, the debut of the ice cream cone was in 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. What’s more, a person from Oregon actually obtained a patent almost a century ago to make these cones!
On the occasion, I decided to do some research, put on my thinking cap and came up with the following three fun ice cream game ideas for kids after quite a bit of reading. They could be ideal for an ice cream themed birthday party too!
Ice Cream Cone and Ball Race
I, for one, have always preferred the lemon and spoon race - wherein the kids have to hold a spoon in their mouth with a lemon on it and run or walk till the finishing line - instead of the egg and spoon relay race, which ends up being too much of a mess (since my kids claim there is ‘no point and no fun’ in playing the egg and spoon game if the eggs are hard-boiled). So why not try something new and play the ice cream cone and ball race for a change?
The difference here is that kids would need to balance an inflated beach ball on an ice cream cone held in their hands and walk or run to the finishing line without dropping the ball even once along the way. The game could be made into a relay race which is far more fun if a larger group of kids is involved. The winner (team) – but obviously – gets an extra ice cream each per head in their favorite flavors!
What Flavor Is It?
If there is one game which is bound to be a hit with kids (and even adults) of all ages, it is this one. All you require is at least half a dozen different ice cream flavors, small spoons and a piece of cloth to be used as a blindfold.
Blindfold one player at a time and let him or her taste the different flavors one by one. Each time a player tastes a flavor of ice cream, he needs to guess which flavor it is. The player that gets the maximum number of correct answers wins.
Find the Cherry on the Bottom
When it comes to ice cream, no game can be more fun than if it involves eating the ice cream in some way or the other. That’s why this one is like the ‘cherry on the cake’.
Get hold of some small bowls which can hold, say, a small scoop of ice cream each. Place a cherry right at the bottom of the bowl instead of at the top and the challenge is to see who eats the whole bowl of ice cream and gets out the cherry at the bottom the fastest. This game can be made more fun with whipped cream in the bowls instead of ice cream and no spoons to eat it; a word of caution here though – it may be a whole lot of fun but it’s bound to get messy!
These tried-and-tested games which involve kids getting their hands (and mouths and clothes) dirty and running around with other kids of similar ages are, sometimes, way more fun than the virtual games my children insist on playing every chance they get. After all, we all had a playroom growing up – wasn’t it called ‘outside’?