Make Homemade Ice Cream In A Bag

Whether you are exploring senses, chemistry, states of matter, solutions, or realistically just want your kids to make you some ice cream, this is a fantastic activity. It only takes about fifteen minutes, a few simple ingredients, and some upper body strength (just kidding – mostly).

Ice Cream In A Bag


  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Food coloring or additives (sprinkles, cookie crumbles, etc) as desired



Fill the gallon sized bag about half-way with ice. Then, pour in the salt.

You’ll then pour the remaining ingredients into the smaller bag. Alli’s favorite color is green, so naturally, we made green ice cream the first time around. We added chocolate sprinkles, as well.

Note: It’s easiest to add all the ingredients if you set the bag in a bowl.

Next, zip the small bag well, squeezing out as much air as you can. You do not want the salt from the large bag to get into the small bag, so make sure the seal is tight.

Place, the small bag into the large bag and shake, shake, shake.

We set a timer for 10 minutes.

Once the time is up, remove the smaller bag from inside the larger bag.

Ice cream!

As an added bit of fun, we dipped our cones in a little bit of melted white chocolate and then into a mix of green, coral, and gold sanding sugar with a few edible stars mixed in.

And, then enjoy. Ice cream is a perfect treat for a summer afternoon. And, it definitely tastes better if you make it yourself.

(A second batch with no food coloring)

If you try it, leave a picture in the comments! We’d love to see your creations!


3 thoughts on “Make Homemade Ice Cream In A Bag

  1. Great post it sounds fun and easy to do. I think I made some ice cream that once when I was little in school it was fun. Now I want to go and make some.

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