Ice cream is a super fun treat for kids and adults and it couldn’t be easier to whip some up in a zip lock bag by hand. Kids can do the mixing all on their own and have a tasty treat to enjoy in just a few minutes.
You need a gallon sized zip lock bag and a quart sized bag, some rock salt, ice and ice cream ingredients. I have made this with my kids several times and it’s always so much fun! It’s also good motor skill building since they have to put in the work to get the reward. The sensory experience of the cold ice, the smooth plastic, and the sweet, yummy smelling ice cream is awesome as well. And SCIENCE is involved in watching the reaction of the milk as it turns from liquid to solid as it freezes.
This activity has so much to offer kids, plus they get a yummy, chemical free snack from the deal in the end. Who doesn’t love a super fun dessert? I know I do.
- 1/2 C. Heavy cream
- 1/2 C. Whole milk
- 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
- 2 T. Raw Sugar
- Quart Size zip lock bag
- Gallon Size zip lock bag
- 6 C. Ice
- 1/4 C. Rock Salt
- Wash hands and have kids wash theirs.
- Hold quart size bag open and let kids pour cream, milk, vanilla and sugar into bag.
- Zip bag tightly for each child.
- Let child place ice cream back into gallon sized bag.
- Let child add ice and rock salt to gallon bag.
- Zip gallon bag tightly for each child.
- Let them shake for 5 minutes vigorously until ice cream is firm.
- Remove quart bags from gallon bags carefully making sure not to spill salty liquid.
- Place quart bags in freezer until ready to eat.
- Snip bottom corner from bag with scissors and squeeze ice cream into dish.
- Eat and enjoy!