Easy Homemade Ice Cream

Tin Roof Sunday Ice Cream
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July is National Ice Cream month. Nothing tastes better than homemade ice cream. And nothing feels better to your preschooler than to create or accomplish something exciting “all by themselves.” Here is a simple and effective way to make ice cream with your child.

What you’ll need:

  • ice
  • salt
  • milk
  • measuring spoons and cup
  • small Ziploc bags
  • large plastic bags (a shopping bag is fine)
  • towel


  1. Put one cup of milk into a small Ziploc bag.
  2. Add two tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Zip the bag and place into another Ziploc and zip that one as well.
  4. Place this into a large plastic bag (grocery bags work fine). Then, put this bag into a second large bag.
  5. Add ice into this last large bag, covering the smaller bags containing the milk and sugar mix.
  6. Add salt to the ice. This makes it colder and will keep it cold. Note: use a generous amount of salt.
  7. Close the bag by tying it tightly.
  8. Wrap a towel around the bag and keep it closed around the bag.
  9. Have your preschooler shake the towel with the bags inside. It must be shaken for about 15 minutes.

As the ice and milk mixture is shaken, the ice cream starts to form. The milk and sugar thicken and harden. It comes out tasting like ice milk and is thick. The bags with the ice cream can be removed once hardened. Make sure to wash off the salt from the bag right away. The treat can be scooped out and enjoyed!