Homemade Ice Cream Maker Activity

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Updated on Mar 2, 2016

It can get pretty hot in the summer months... So hot you don't even want to peel yourself off the couch to go to the ice cream shop! Well, now your problems are solved. This activity lets you create delicious ice cream in the comfort of your own home. Not only will it take care of your sweet tooth, but your child will have fun getting some science practice in as he watches a liquid change to a solid!

What You Need:

  • 1 extra-large empty coffee can with lid
  • 1 small empty coffee can with lid
  • Ingredients for one batch of homemade ice cream (see recipe here)
  • 1 large batch of ice, crushed if possible
  • Rock salt

What You Do:

  1. Start by adding the ingredients for the ice cream together. Let your child help you measure and mix! Let the mixture chill in the fridge before you set up the ice cream maker. Step one can be done a day or a couple of hours ahead of time to make sure the ice cream mix is thoroughly chilled.
  2. Help your child cover the bottom of the large coffee can with crushed ice and 1/4 cup of rock salt.
  3. Pour the chilled ice cream mixture into the small coffee can, but make sure it's not filled to the top. Leave some extra room so it can roll around inside the can.
  4. Pop the lid back on the small coffee can, and put it inside the larger can on top of the ice.
  5. Pack the rest of the large coffee can with ice and another 3/4 cup rock salt, all around the small can and put the lid on that.
  6. Now the fun part: sit on the floor at one end of the room and have your child sit at the other. Roll the coffee can back and fourth until the liquid ice cream has frozen. Don't be afraid to throw it, shake it, or be rough--as long as the can is constantly moving and not leaking!
  7. No, wait, NOW the fun part! Dig in and enjoy your tasty summer treat!

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