We got to make handmade ice cream today. We also had a taste test, played with money, and did some art projects.
Read: Ice Cream The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons
- It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream.
- The ice cream cone’s invention is linked to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones!
- The U.S. produces the most ice cream in the world.
Ice Cream Shop
- Different Colors of Play Dough
- Different Coins
- Ice Cream Scoop (I used a cheap dollar store one)
- Small Clear Containers or Bowls
- Ice Cream Labels
- Put some different colored play dough into different clear containers. And add ice cream labels to the outside of the containers.
- Put a price on each of the labels as well. I used (25, 30, 45, and 60 cents).
- Play ice cream shop, one child (the customer) will practice counting money, and one child (the worker) will practice counting change.
- Scoop up the ice cream for the customer.
J used this Ice Cream Shop print out to practice more money counting.
J used this Ice Cream Shop print out to practice sentence structure.
Ice Cream Taste Test
- 4 different types of vanilla icecream
- 4 bowls
- Ice cream scooper
- Sundae toppings
- Mark a number on the bottom of each ice cream container (all 4 containers).
- Write a number on each bowl too (all 4 bowls).
- Write the number on a piece of paper leaving space to write the observations under each number. Next to each number write the type of ice cream it is.
- Children take their spoon and take one taste of bowl number 1, record their observations on the paper.
- Move on to number 2 through 4.
- Choose your favorite type of ice cream.
- Make an ice cream sundae with your favorite flavor.
Next time I think I’ll use different flavors instead of different types of vanilla.
Comparing Number: Scoops up!
We used the Comparing Number: Scoops up! print out to review greater numbers.
Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
- 1 cup Half-and-half
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 pint sized Zip Lock bag
- 4 cups Ice
- 2 gallon sized Zip Lock bags
- ½ cup Rock Salt
- Measure out 1 cup half and half into a pint sized baggie. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Seal the baggies and place them in the freezer while you assemble the gallon sized baggies.
- Fill one of gallon sized baggies half-way full of ice, about 4 cups of ice. Add 1/2 cup of ice cream salt to the gallon sized bag of ice. Now double bag, put the bag with ice in it into the other gallon sized bag.
- Take the pint sized bag out of the freezer and make sure the seal is tight. Place it into the gallon sized bags and seal up each bag.
- Shake, shake, shake for at least 5 minutes. Longer is better!
Ice Cream Cone Craft
- Brown paint
- Paint brush
- Small terra cotta rose pot
- Make your terra cotta pot look more like a cone by useing the brown the paint to paint a criss-cross pattern on the pot.
- Fill the inside of the pot with different colored pom-poms as desired. Glue the layers of pom-poms.
- Add glitter sprinkles and a small red pom-pom cherry on the top.
At the Ice Cream Counter
J had learned a new song in his piano lessons this week and it went perfectly with our lesson for today. It was page 36 in John W. Schaum Piano Course: A-The Red Book: Leading to Mastery of the Instrument.
Summer Fun Unit Study