Caroline Fernandez: Activity Mummy


The Summer Fun Project - Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

A Yummy Activity Your Kids Will Love

Nothing says summer like ice cream (just ask the girl who runs the ice cream shop in our 'hood - she knows my face well).  So this week, our activity is to make some homemade ice cream...and I mean having the kids make it.  Here's the scoop:

You'll need

2 x Ziploc bags (1 small 1 big)

1 cup of half & half cream

2 tbsp of white sugar

Splash of vanilla

Ice cubes

1/2 cup of salt (kosher, rock salt or regular ol' table salt)

Yield: 2 scoops


Fill the large Ziploc bag with ice cubes half-way then add salt. 

In the smaller Ziploc bag, combine cream, sugar and vanilla. Seal smaller Ziploc.  Put smaller Ziploc inside of larger - ice cube & salt filled - Ziploc. Seal the bigger one.

Here's the fun.  For the next 5-8 minutes have the kids take turns shaking the bag.  (It will be cold so maybe use oven mitts or a towel for younger kids). Turn it into a game of toss if you want (gently though - the ice will be heavy-ish so it could become a projectile).

When time's up (and the ice cream is the desired consistency) feel free to add sprinkles, gummies, cookie pieces, chocolate candy or whatever other "topping" might be in your pantry. 

Ice cream puts the "yummy" in "mummy" :-)