Young girl is reading Dr. Seuss' "Hop on Pop"

Story Time - Home Base

Activity 1: You Deserve Ice Cream (No Machine Required)

Drawings of dance moves

At the end of Home Base, a mother and daughter share ice cream after a challenging day at the baseball game and at work. During times like these, ice cream seems like it should be its own food group. Here's a version that doesn't require an ice cream maker. If you are lucky enough to be around your mom, or someone who is like a mother to you, share it with them. If not, call your mom or the mother figure in your life anyway.

Two cups of chilled heavy cream
1 can (14 oz.) of condensed milk
Splash of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Whatever flavors you would like to add (chocolate, caramel, fruit, or your favorite spices)

Whip cream in a blender until the cream is stiff. If it's a hot day, chill your blender bowl in the fridge before beginning. Add the can of chilled condensed milk as well as salt and vanilla. We tried salty lemon zest and cinnamon-cardamom-coffee ice cream. Chill in the fridge for six hours in a resealable container. Enjoy!

Share your ice cream creations with us at #TheHAtHome.

Activity 2: Anacrostic Family Poems

Movement painting

Anacrostic poems are poems where the first letter of each line, or the last letter of each line, spells out a specific word. Curator Vanessa Wilkie shares:

In 17th century England, acrostic verses were sometimes used as a way to remember and honor people. We see them in printed books and decorated manuscripts (books printed by hand), and they were even used on tombs. This one was made to celebrate a marriage. The last name is Egerton, which is the last name of the family in The Huntington’s famous Ellesmere Collection. This manuscript was made for one of the families at the heart of my own research.

1. Find a flat surface where you can do this project.

2. Find a piece of paper and a pencil or marker to write with. Write out the name of someone your family ( use their first name, last name or a nickname). Design a poem that uses each letter as the first letter in the line of the poem. Think about what this person means to you and write down words that you would use to describe them and incorporate those thoughts into each line of the poem.

3. Give your anacrostic poem to the person that inspired it.

Share your ice anacrostic poems with us at #TheHAtHome.