I scream, u scream, we all scream for ice cream … especially when kids get to make it themselves! Cool off with a homemade sweet treat this summer and delight your kids with the knowledge that they created it from scratch! This activity, courtesy of lakeshorelearning.com, is perfect for kiddos ages 3 to 8 years.

What You’ll Need:

1 tablespoon sugar

½ cup milk or half & half

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons rock salt (the bigger the granules, the better)

Ice cubes

Pint-size zip-close food storage bag

Gallon-size zip-close bag

Toppings like sprinkles or crushed cookies


1. Combine the sugar, milk and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible, then seal tightly.

2. Place ice and rock salt in the gallon-size bag, then place the smaller, sealed bag inside. Seal the larger bag, squeezing out all of the air you possibly can.

3. Wrap the bags inside a towel to protect your hands from the cold. Shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes).

4. Feel the small bag to check whether it’s done. When done, remove the smaller bag, and then add in extra treats like crushed cookies, chopped fruit, etc. Makes about 1 cup.