July is National Ice Cream Month and science activities for toddlers involving food are a fun way to learn while celebrating this tasty treat. Preschool science experiments give students a chance to explore the world around them in a variety of ways, which also helps them develop in other areas of learning such as social-emotional, math, and literacy. National Ice Cream Month is the perfect opportunity to add simple science experiments for kids, like making ice cream in a bag, into your toddler lesson plans.
The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6 is a great teacher resource full of preschool science experiments of all kinds. Here is a sweet science experiment to try with your preschoolers this month!
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5 Minute Ice Cream
- Ice Cubes
- Large (gallon or 4 L size) and small (sandwich size) resealable plastic bags
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cups or bowls
What to do:
- Set out all the ingredients and measuring supplies on a large table.
- Give each child a small and large bag.
- Tell the children to put ½ cup (125 ml) milk, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) sugar, and ¼ teaspoon (1ml) vanilla into the small bag. You may need to help the younger children with the measurements.
- The children then seal their bags and shake gently or gently squeeze them to combine the ingredients.
- Have the children place their sealed bags into the larger bags and add ice cubes (about one dozen) and six tablespoons (90 ml) of salt to the area around it in the large bag.
- After carefully sealing the large bag, children should shake it for five minutes or until ice cream hardens.
- When the ice cream is ready to eat, have the children pour it into bowls or cups.