Myra Faye Turner, Writer
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Summer would not be complete without everyone’s favorite cold confectionery treat—ice-cream. In honor of it being National Ice Cream Day, instead of chasing the ice-cream truck down the street or packing the kids into the car and heading off to Baskin- Robbins or Cold Stone Creamery, what could be better than making (and eating) your very own homemade ice-cream? Best of all, you won’t need any special equipment. Not only is this activity yummy, but educational as well. Making homemade ice-cream is such a fun and educational activity, your kids won’t realize they’re learning. Making homemade ice-cream in a bag incorporates reading, math and science into a fun and edible project.
How It Works
Let’s start with science first. Many kids will be skeptical (I was at first), that this project will work. After all, how can shaking ingredients in a bag, produce smooth, creamy ice-cream? You don’t have to get too technical about the science behind the experiment. Here’s a simple explanation. Like water, the milky solution has to reach a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit to freeze. Adding the ice won’t lower the temperature sufficiently because the heat from the mixture actually causes its’ temperature to increase. Adding the salt will decrease the temperature and aid in the freezing of the ice-cream.
Math and Reading Integration
The math link comes in measuring the ingredients. Younger kids will require help, while older ones should be able to independently measure the few ingredients. Your kids will also have to figure out how much ingredients they need based on the number of servings they plan to make (the recipe is for one serving). Students will use their reading skills to follow the recipe. They will have to read and follow directions, so reading comprehension is also touched on. Parents can take this a step further and allow their kids to shop for the ingredients. Create a shopping list and have your kids read and find the necessary ingredients.
This simple and quick recipe for making homemade ice-cream is guaranteed to get you through those long, hot days of summer. As an added bonus, your kids will learn a little science and use their reading, math and comprehension skills to create this edible project.
Here’s what you will need for 1 serving:
You can also modify this project by placing the bags in a large can, like a coffee can or a plastic container. It makes the shaking process easier, especially for small hands.