Scream for Ice Cream

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Don't scream for ice cream -- make it with milk, sugar, flavoring and some 'salt-water' ice. Discover the chemistry of ice cream by creating your own. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 1/2 cup whole milk (skim or 1% don’t work as well).
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, chocolate syrup, or any other flavor you like
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 small Zip-Lock bag
  • 1 larger Zip-Lock bag
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • 6 Tablespoons of regular table salt


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience