Scoop, there it is! Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

By Ashley Mohn July 1, 2021

You scream, I scream. Who's not screaming for ice cream? No matter how you like your ice cream - on a cone, in a bowl, or straight from the carton - there is no better month to enjoy your favorite flavor. July is marked as National Ice Cream Month with the third Sunday set as National Ice Cream Day.

Do you remember chasing the ice cream truck down, loose change in hand? In the middle of summer, celebrating ice cream is the perfect event. Share the scoop with your family and let’s celebrate with these at-home activities on summer’s second-best holiday!

10 Favorite National Ice Cream Month Activities

1. Ice-Cream Scoops Name Game: pick a name, spell it with these free printable ice cream letters.

2. Eat ice cream for breakfast: According to a Japanse scientist, eating something ice-cold upon waking shocks the brain into being active and also increases alertness and mental capacity.

3. Your preschooler will love this printable preschool ice cream pack. Keep their brains active over the summer months with these at-home educational worksheets.

4. Create an ice cream sundae bar: start with several different flavors, toppings, whipped cream, and cherries so everyone can customize their own creation. This is a perfect addition to any summer gathering.

5. Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone Craft: This is a fun summer art project with seven needed materials: Green, red, and brown paint; Elmer's Glue; Barbasol shaving cream; White cardstock paper; Cardboard; Scissors; Marker; Paintbrush.

6. Shake up your own ice cream with ice cream in a bag: check out this how-to from You will need two resealable plastic bags, half-and-half, suger, vanilla, ice, salt and toppings of your choice.

7. One essential ingredient in making your own ice cream is salt. When you mix salt with ice, it lowers the freezing point of the ice. Learn about why salt is a key ingredient in making such a sweet treat with Yale University’s video.  

8. Ice cream ABCs is a matching alphabet game for kids to practice matching capital and lowercase letters.

9. Try your hand at folding paper with this easy origami ice cream cone, a step-by-step tutorial.

10. Take a drive to your local creamery to splurge on your favorite ice cream sundae.

According to National Today, ice cream-like food was first consumed in China sometime between 618-97 AD. Check out their website for more fun ideas and cool facts, plus their featured ice cream video below.

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, in 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July as National Ice Cream Month. President Reagan’s proclamation states, “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over 90% of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.”

You have the entire month to try these activities and test out new ice cream flavors, even if you have a go-to flavor. No arguing with President Reagan, celebrate ice cream all month long.