Hi everyone, just wanted to share a fun activity you can do with your students of any level. And with the warm weather, it is really nice!
With my English Club of 16 students, I made ice cream in a bag using milk, ice, rock salt, sugar, and vanilla. I think some of you have done this before, but if not here is what I did:
Since I didn't have measuring cups for everyone, I improvised and used those paper cups that people drink their instant coffee in (184ml). And plastic spoons. Anyway, measurements are really important in this process, so I made the students pay close attention to my instructions if they wanted proper tasting ice cream.
I put them in groups, and placed bowls of sugar and salt at their tables, and a carton of milk.
-Each student needs two sandwich size zipper bags and 1 large zipper bag.
-Put 1 cup of milk into the smaller bag
-Put 3 non-heaping spoons of sugar with the milk
-As the teacher, you put 1/4 teaspoons (hopefully you have a real measuring spoon) of vanilla extract in each of their small bags with the milk and sugar. Then zip the bag, making sure it is completely sealed.
-Then, place that small bag into the second small bag, completely seal that bag as well. (This prevents the small bags from ripping from the ice.)
-Put 5-6 cups of ice in the large zipper bag, or until half full.
-Put 14 non-heaping spoons of salt in the bag with the ice.
-Then put the small bags inside the bag with the ice and salt.
-Have the students gently shake the bag of ice for about 20+ minutes or until the the milk forms into ice cream. The ice eventually starts to melt, so put more ice in their bags if they need it.
-When they are finished, you can give them crushed cookies or small candies to mix with their ice cream.
And there you go! It takes some preparing, but the students really like it! You can find all the ingredients at the local grocery store, and you must use rock salt. ALSO, vanilla was hard to come by in my town, probably easier in bigger towns, but luckily another teacher had some vanilla I was able to use. Good luck!