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Make Ice Cream

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    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Make Ice Cream

Learners add salt to ice to chill it lower than its freezing point. This chilled ice can then be used to freeze milk and sugar into ice cream. Learners can experiment by adding different flavors such as fruit juices and candy to the ice cream mix.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Ice
  • Salt
  • Milk, cream or half and half
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Other flavors, such as chocolate syrup(optional)
  • Gallon-sized re-sealable plastic bags
  • Pint-sized re-sealable plastic bags
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Science Festivals Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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