Instant Ice Cream

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In this activity, learners make instant ice cream without using a freezer. This activity shows learner how to use ice cubes & salt, and some zip-lock bags, to turn a flavored milk into droplets of fat suspended in millions of tiny crystals of ice, better known as ice cream! The activity guide includes illustrate step-by-step instructions and a helpful how-to video is available. This are good connections to states of matter, freezing point, and chemistry in this fun and tasty activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 2 zip-lock bags (small and larger)
  • 2 or 3 trays of ice cubes
  • Table salt (6 tablespoons)
  • Flavored milk (at least 1/2 cup)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Cone, dish, and spoon (optional)
  • Warm gloves


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Changes of Phase

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


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  • Free access


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