As my boys gets older, I find that they need to be more entertained especially during the summer. To help engage them I decided to develop themed days based on topics they really enjoy. I found that my boys really enjoyed having themed days and/or weeks. They loved helping me plan the activities and creating some of their own. In fact, even after summer ended, they continued to ask for various themed days and would even put them together themselves.
One theme day that they really enjoyed last summer was Frozen Day! We decided to do a Frozen Day to tie in with a Frozen event at our local Barnes and Noble. Planning theme days around specific events, programs and activities gets kids even more excited and engaged. Like all our theme days, we planned ahead and put together all our supplies the day before. The boys love helping with this part.
After spending time exploring Pinterest, I found some great activities that I knew the kids would love. To help celebrate, we invited some friends over to join in on the fun. Here are the activities we enjoyed.
Mommy University Presents
Create Your Own Frozen Day
Make Your Own Flag
Since Frozen is inspired by the country of Norway, I felt it was important to share that with my boys. We borrowed a book from the library about Norway, and on the morning of Frozen day, Tyler made his own Norway flag. When he was done, he also created his own flag of Arendelle. It was a fun task that involved fine motor skills and creativity!
To get the kids excited about the day, I wanted to make them a special treat so while Tyler made his flags, I made pancakes. I then placed them on the plate in the shape of a snowman. The boys had fun adding eyes, buttons and arms. They also had fun eating them:)
I wanted to find some fun but brain boosting activities for the kids to enjoy. Since my kids love to build, I thought why not make our own castles. To make it look more like an ice castle, we decided to use sugar cubes. To get the cubes to stick together you can use vanilla cake icing. The kids had so much fun making their own castles and towers!
While looking through Pinterest, I found some amazing academic activities from A Teaching Mommy. We worked on matching the letters to characters’ names, drawing straight and curvy lines, sequencing and more! We especially loved labeling Olaf’s parts. This task involved cutting and gluing skills as well as letter and word recognition. My kids had so much fun, and they had no idea they were learning!
My kids love marshmallows and I love activities that boost fine motor skills so this task was a win-win for everyone! All we needed to make our snowmen was: marshmallows, pretzel sticks, vanilla icing and M&Ms. Just give each child a plate with supplies and let their creativity take over!
This is another activity I found from exploring Pinterest. I looked at multiple slime combinations and decided to make this one based on what I learned from all the ones I read. All I needed was liquid starch and blue glitter glue! You can’t beat a 2 ingredient science experiment! We mixed the ingredients together and created a fun sensory learning experience the kids loved! I gave each child their own bowl with slime to play with since I knew that each child would play in their own way based on their own sensory needs.
At Mommy University, we try to incorporate reading into our activities as much as possible. For Frozen Day, we read various books about snow and winter (even though it was summertime). We also, of course, read stories about the movie Frozen. Here are some books you may enjoy (includes affiliate link):
- Snow by Roy McKei and P.D. Eastman
- Frozen: A Tale of Two Sisters by Melissa Lagonegro
- Look and Find Disney Frozen
- The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
As stated in our article 10 Benefits of Cooking with Kids, there are so many wonderful reasons to cook with your kids. For each theme day I do with my kids, I try to incorporate at least one cooking activity. For Frozen Day, we made blue cupcakes. The boys helped me mix all the ingredients together and fill the liners. Both tasks work fine motor and visual skills. When the cupcakes were ready, the kids decorated their cupcakes using their creativity and imagination. It was a fun activity for everyone!
This is a craft that we completed at a Frozen event at the Learning Express store in Denville, NJ. Although we did not do it on our Frozen Day, I thought it was a great one to share. To make the puppets, we attached paper plates to a wooden stick. The boys added brown pipe cleaners to the top and drew Olaf’s face. They had a blast making these puppets!
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