Mad Scientist Club-Make Your Own Ice Cream

displayicecreamAt Mad Scientist Club today we made Ice Cream in a Bag! Mad Scientist Club is a club I made for K-2nd graders that would introduce them to science in a fun way! Usually we do an experiment and watch a fun Magic School Bus episode. This club meets monthly.

In order to make ice cream in a bag you will need these ingredients:

1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups crushed ice
4 tablespoons salt
1 quart size Zip-loc bags
1 gallon size Zip-loc freezer bag
A pair of light winter gloves to keep fingers from freezing as well!

So first: You put four cups of ice into the gallon bag and add the 4 T of salt.  I used actually ice cream salt which is not course at all, it is in huge chunks.  Then in the quart size bag you put the rest of the ingredients.  Make sure that you get as much air out of the quart size bag as you can and seal it up tight.  Then you put the quart size bag inside the gallon bag with all of the ice.  ice cream in a bagAs you put the salt into the bag with ice talk to the kids about why you are doing this.  I asked the kids: What do we put on the roads in the winter when it’s icey and snowy? What does the salt do to the ice? How does it do this to the ice?  I had really smart K-2nd graders who were able to answer all of these questions!  After we got everything all set and the kids got to answer my science questions the fun began!

This is when the kids put their gloves on! Then you shake the bag for five-ten minutes.

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 Finally, Viola….  ICE CREAM 🙂  Get some spoons out and enjoy.IMG_1511

My kids had a blast.  As science experiments go we did do the experiment twice to see what we could change to make the ice cream better.  The more ice that you put in the quicker that the ice cream will be made.  We won’t be having Mad Scientist in September but we will start up again in October with SOAP POWERED BOATS 🙂 Stay Tuned!

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