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Homemade Ice Cream Science Experiment

Today we had a wonderful homeschool day. It was so refreshing! (Last week didn’t go quite as awesome… It’s always a challenge the week after holiday breaks.) My first grader’s science project was making homemade ice cream. And being the forgetful momma that I am, I didn’t have all the supplies!! (Of course!) So, instead of skipping such a fun project, we made a quick run to Walmart. We got our missing supplies, and came back to do our experiment!

Homemade Ice Cream Science Experiment

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It was a HUGE hit!!

My oldest two joined in…and even my 2-year-old!! We had a blast. So, I want to share the experiment with you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

If you’re like me, you probably don’t make time for many science experiments. Honestly, I try! But, they always seem to get pushed to the wayside. My favorite kind of experiments are the ones that involve simple, everyday items that you can find around your house. Otherwise, I never have what I need! I’m just not good at planning these things ahead of time! So, whenever I come across a simple experiment, we do it!

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Homemade Ice Cream Science Experiment: What You Will Need

1/2 cup Milk

1/2 tsp Vanilla

1 tbsp Sugar

10-15 large pieces of Ice

1/2 cup Salt

Small Ziplock Bags ( 1 per person)

Large Ziplock Bags (gallon size)(1 per person)

Measuring spoons and cups

Homemade Ice Cream Science Experiment

>Gather all of your materials.

The great thing about this project is that you will most likely have all of these items in your pantry!

(I was missing the baggies… of course! So, we made a quick Wal-mart run.)

>Add milk, vanilla, and sugar to a small ziplock bag.

You may want someone to hold the small bag for you so you do not spill it everywhere. We had this happen a couple of times and had to start fresh.

>Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it tight.

>Fill your big ziplock bag with ice and add the salt.

>Place your small baggie inside the large one.

>Wrap the bag with a dish towel and gently shake or massage the bags for about 5-7 minutes.

This is one of the most fun parts. I turned on some music and my kids went to town with it! They chose to shake their bags like madmen.

>Open your bag, dump the ice, and enjoy your ice cream!

We enjoyed ours in a waffle bowl and added some sprinkles! You can add whatever toppings you want. Go all out with it!

Homemade Ice Cream Science Experiment

What are some of the fun science experiments you have done? Leave it in the comments!

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Homemade Ice Cream Science Experiment

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