Monday, September 20, 2010

Ice Cream: It's In The Bag

A couple weeks ago the kids had a day off form school, so Rebecca and Maggie took their boys to the Kohl Children's Museum for a day of fun. When they walked in, there was an activity for the kids to do that really caught the boys' eyes: Ice Cream in a Bag! What kid wouldn't want to make that? Not having a camera handy Maggie grabbed her phone, knowing this was a project we would have to share with all of you!

What You Need:
  • 2 sugar packets (or about 1 Tbsp. sugar)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 sandwich size zip lock baggie
  • rock salt (about 1/4 cup, but just eyeball it)
  • plastic container with lid (or a gallon-size zip lock bag would work, too)
  • enough ice to fill your plastic container
In your small plastic bag, mix the sugar, milk and vanilla. Make sure your bag does not have a leak and seal it shut tight! We had one with a small leak and wound up with salty ice cream - yuck! Place your baggie inside your plastic container and surround it with ice and rock salt. Cover tightly and shake it vigorously for about five minutes.

After about five minutes, peek inside the plastic container and see if your mixture has turned into ice cream! if not, cover and shake a bit more. Then all there is left to do is gobble it up!

As you can see, it was a hit with the boys!
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  1. What an incredible cool idea! I will have to try this with my oldest when he gets home from school!

  2. I just think this is the coolest (no pun intended) idea! What fun! :-)

  3. We did this in elementary school but instead of shaking a plastic container, we used coffee cans and rolled them back and forth to each other on the floor for who knows how long, and that worked too! Yum!

  4. My kids love doing this and I should do this more often. Sometimes my son just sneaks and does this himself with milk. Joni

  5. I have no kids nor grandkids. But, I think this would be a fun project for the husband and me. The mama of mine, I know, would love to eat the concoction. Thank you!
    Su-sieee! Mac
    This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

  6. We ended up making ice cream in a bag several times this summer! My favorite part? You get to burn a few calories first :)

  7. I did a post about this in mid-winter....when all I could dream about was summer (and I probably could have skipped the dry ice and just set the bags in the snow for a bit!!). It's such a fun and rewarding project for kiddos.

  8. I might try this with my students..thanks, great idea!

  9. Looks like fun, I bet the kids got an arm workout before enjoying their treat. Thanks for linking to A Crafty Soiree!

  10. I am so excited for this recipe!!! I've been wondering how to make a simple yummy soy milk version for my son with dairy allergies. Now I've got to try this out for him! Thanks!!!