Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Now that children have a hang of the process, it’s time to let their creativity loose. This is an open-ended activity, where children will create their own ice cream recipes, using any ingredients they would like. They will then name their new ice cream recipe and create a print “advertisement” for it. This activity is a great opportunity for you to assess what your students learned last time—do they understand the process? How much of each ingredient should they add to get just the right flavor, color or sweetness?
Follow the preparation instructions for the method you have chosen.
Choose your method—the Ziploc bag (from the Ice Cream Science activity) or the coffee can (from Ice Cream Science – A New Recipe)—and use the materials list from that previous activity. Include as many “extra” ingredients as you can—ex. cocoa powder, strawberry syrup, unsweetened powdered iced tea, mint extract, chocolate chips, almond extract, lemon extract, coffee, green tea, honey, food coloring, etc. The more different ingredients you have, the more creative your students will be able to be. You will also need markers, crayons or colored pencils and paper for this activity.
Ask your students what they remember from the last time they made ice cream. What flavors did they make? Were there any new flavors they wanted to try? Can they make any improvements to the flavors they tried last time?
Can you make an even more delicious ice cream using the ingredients you’ve been supplied?
After your students have made their first batch of ice cream, bring them together to talk about what they did. How did their ice cream turn out? Is there anything they would like to change?
If time allows, have the teams make one more batch, improving the recipe they just tried or creating a new flavor if they wish. Once the final batches are made, allow the ice cream to harden in the buckets or bags of ice, and ask teams to come up with a name for their new flavor of ice cream. Then pass out the paper and the markers, crayons or colored pencils and have your students create a print “advertisement” for their new product. For tips on this activity, refer to the Soda Science – Advertising Your Soda instructions from this curriculum.