Ice Cream Fun with Kids

Since July is National Ice Cream Month, I thought it would be the perfect time and opportunity for the kids to learn about ice cream and of course, make and enjoy lots of ice cream too!

I shared my super simple, creamy vanilla ice cream recipe (which I make in my ice cream maker,) earlier this week, but I thought the kids would have fun making some ice cream in a bag. Before we did that though, we read a couple books all about ice cream:

Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper. This book describes the process of ice cream being made, starting with the cows in the field all the way through the factory and into stores and ice cream shops. It has lots of information but presents it in an interesting way and was probably my favorite out of the two.


Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons. This book described some of the history of ice cream as well as how ice cream is made in the factory and makes its way to us. There are colorful pictures and also lots of good information.


**UPDATE: Another fun ice cream book!

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems. My daughter loves the Elephant and Piggie books, and this one was perfect for our ice cream theme and had a sweet message about sharing as well. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of Mo Willems’ other books.


It was pretty quick and simple to make ice cream in a bag, and I was actually surprised at how well it worked. I would definitely recommend making this outside though, because the bag flings water all over the place as you shake it.

I would also recommend wrapping the bag in kitchen towels or wearing gloves, because it gets cold!

And if you have younger ice cream makers, be prepared to do some of the shaking yourself! It took us only about 15 minutes though, and we got some yummy ice cream out of it and had some fun!

I’m still on the look out for some more fun children’s books about ice cream to read this month, so let me know if you know of any!

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