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Design a Flavor: Experiment to Make Your Own Ice Cream Flavor!

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Design a Flavor: Experiment to Make Your Own Ice Cream Flavor!

In this delicious activity, learners get to make, taste-test and compare their own "brands" of homemade strawberry ice cream. Testing various types of strawberry products, learners discover how various flavors work with other ingredients to simulate a natural flavor.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Sugar
  • fresh strawberries
  • frozen strawberries
  • strawberry jam
  • strawberry gelatin
  • strawberry syrup
  • strawberry extract
  • Quart-size zip-lock bag
  • Gallon-size zip-lock bag
  • Spoons
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Paper towels


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Acids and Bases
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • smell
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • WGBH

Source Collection:

  • FETCH!


  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2006

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0452485
  • Public television viewers
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Arby's
  • Greendog


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