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This Week's Lesson

This Ready Set Learn activity offers a tasty way to gets kids excited about science. That's right, we're making ice cream! Making ice cream can be both tasty and educational with sweet results. Ever since the popular treat was first created (supposedly by Roman emperor Nero), kids and adults alike can't seem to get enough. So have fun exploring the science of ice cream together. Let's rock & roll!

First you put some ingredients for homemade ice cream in a small coffee can (milk, sugar, etc) and place it inside a large coffee can filled with rock salt and ice before getting the kids to roll it into a delicious ice cream treat. The kids will have fun with science as they are rolling the coffee can back and forth to create a heat transfer that causes the rock salt to melt the ice inside the large can. That in turn makes the cream freeze. And of course you end up with a tasty treat!

Rock 'n' Roll Ice Cream!

What You Need:
  • Large empty coffee can
  • Small empty coffee can
  • 1 pint of half & half cream
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Rock salt
  • Ice
What You Do:
  1. Be sure empty cans are clean.
  2. In small can mix cream with 1/2 cup of sugar. Add 1 tsp. of vanilla.
  3. Secure lid on small can.
  4. Place small can inside the large can.
  5. Add enough ice to cover small can.
  6. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of rock salt to ice.
  7. Secure lid on large can.
  8. Have children sit on the floor and start rolling the big can to each other. (This takes about 10 minutes of time. Look at the ice cream to see it is hard enough. If it is not, continue to roll a little longer.)
  9. Eat the ice cream!

Suggested Reading: 

Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop by H. A. Rey

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