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Mmmm! Ice Cream!


Read to children The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons. When you have completed the book, talk about cows, the milk they give, and the dairy products made with milk. Tell children they are going to make "Roll It" ice cream. You will need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 coffee cans with lids, one that will fit inside the other with some room left over
  • ice
  • rock salt

Mix the first three ingredients well and pour into the smaller can. Cover that can tightly with its lid. Place the small can inside the large can. Layer ice and rock salt between the two cans. Cover the large can with its lid. Then instruct children to form two rows facing each other. Have them roll the can back and forth across the rows, moving down the row and back up until you have ice cream. Serve and enjoy!


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