Summer Fun with DIY Tetris

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Usually the thought of the kids being home during the Summer scares me, but I think I finally got it all figured out. Each morning the kids do math worksheets and reading before they can watch any TV or play games and the minute they hint at being bored... I bring out the art projects! Of course a major part of a successful Summer day is always having ice cream on hand because let's face it, Ice Cream makes everything better.

This Summer I really wanted to create some fun games that we could play together as a family and since we spend so much of our time outdoors it had to be outdoor friendly. What would be a better boredom buster than DIY TETRIS? TETRIS was my FAVORITE game when I was a kid, I would play for hours on my Gameboy. This DIY version is fun to make and you could play again and again and again. 

To make your own DIY Tetris here's what you'll need. 

  • Wood Blocks (these are measured at 3/4" but go bigger if you want)
  • Acrylic paints in various colors (Orange, Green, Yellow, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow)
  • Wood Glue

I bought all of these supplies at my local Hobby Lobby and all for under $10. I'm sure you can find similar products and prices at your local hobby or craft store. 

First you'll notice that each TETRIS piece uses four blocks. You can see the shapes above. 

Once you've figured out all of your shapes, get gluing. You only need a dab of the glue and although the instructions on the glue say to let sit for 6 hours, mine bonded after a few minutes. 

Next step is deciding which shape will be which color, then you get to paint. The kids will have fun with this part. 

I was so excited as I watched the pieces come together. Once the paint is dry, they are ready for playing! This TETRIS game is obviously different than the video game. It ended up being a sort of Jenga type of game for the kids, but I was teaching them to try and make the pieces fit to make a perfect block. They had the most fun just building until it toppled over, but it went on for quite some time. For me, that's a win. 

Have you noticed that when the kids are home for the Summer you make more Walmart trips than usual? The ice cream aisle is definitely frequented more often too. I know I'm not the only one who loves Ice cream shopping. You've got to mix it up and try something new. This time we got DREYER’S Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and DREYER’S BabyRuth Ice Cream, because how could I say no to that?

See, hot Summer days are just more fun with games and ice cream. Whether the kids are bored or need a game to play while the food is cooking, this DIY TETRIS game is perfect. 

Okay go ahead and look at that ice cream right there, that is the DREYER’S Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and it is delicious! DREYER’S totally got it right by adding flavors inspired by your favorite candies like Nestlé Butterfinger® Peanut Butter Cups and Baby Ruth®, I love adding mix-ins to my ice cream, but I don't have to do that with these new ice cream flavors. DREYER’S also proudly makes their ice cream with fresh milk and cream and with no rBST (milk production hormone), artificial flavors or colors. SOLD!
This right here is what Summer is all about, togetherness. Ice cream and games is what brings everyone together during the hot Summer days. So stay cool! Check out this list to see if a Walmart near you is having a DREYER'S demo! and check out the fun video below.

Best of both worlds: Ice Cream Sno-Cone! #SunsOutSpoonsOut

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What kind of ice cream eater are you? I don't mean what is your favorite flavor, I mean, which do you prefer

creamy

ice cream

?

or sno-cone shaved ice-ice cream? Today I am sharing with you a super refreshing combination recipe where you get the best of both worlds: Ice Cream SnoCone! 

I love this twist on a classic treat, I find that it cuts down on the richness because it's half ice and actually tastes a little like a root beer float. Sounds good huh?! Keep reading to see how easy it is to make. 

Of course, like all of the recipes I share, this recipe is really simple, easy as 1-2-3-4 actually. 

All you will need is:

Your favorite

Blue Bunny

flavor ice cream.

A sno-cone machine or something to crush your ice, a blender will work just fine.

Sno-cone syrup (Cola flavored here)

and chocolate syrup

Ready? Here you go:

1. Place ice in your sno-cone machine (or blender) and crush the ice until it's as fine as snow.

2. Add about 2 tsp of Cola flavored syrup (more if desired) to the crushed ice.

3. Scoop some of Blue Bunny's rich and creamy ice cream and add it to the top of the crushed ice. 

4. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top and that's it...enjoy!

And to think it all started with a trip to Walmart. If you are planning to visit your local Walmart from July 9-12, keep an eye out for an

in-store demo

 (check the link) where you can sample some of Blue Bunny's delicious flavors. I opted for some of their

Sweet Freedom No Sugar Added

options and I used Vanilla and Bunny Tracks in this recipe. Both are delicious! 

If you like this idea, you definitely need to

check this out

for some more delicious recipes featuring Blue Bunny ice cream. You can also find Blue Bunny on

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. Honestly, the possibilities with this recipe are endless. I already know the next combo I will be testing is Banana flavored sno-cone syrup with Blue Bunny Strawberry Banana ice cream on top. I'll be sure to let you know how that turns out.  

So tell me: What flavor combos will you be trying?