5 Minute Homemade Ice Cream

In case you missed it earlier this week, I shared this fun summertime activity over at Design Dazzle’s Summer Camp – 5 Minute Homemade Ice Cream.  The kids REALLY enjoyed this activity and asked to make ice cream for about 4 days in a row after we did it the first time!  It’s easy to make, the kids get in on the action and it tastes great too!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make 1 serving of ice cream:

1/2 cup cream or half & half
1 tablespoon sugar
Dash of vanilla
1/4 cup fruit of your choice
1 large (gallon) zip top plastic bag
1 small (quart or sandwich) zip top plastic bag
Ice cubes
5 tablespoons rock salt (ice cream salt)

1. Place cream, sugar, vanilla and fruit into small plastic bag and zip shut.
2. Fill large bag 1/3 full of ice cubes & add rock salt. Place small bag inside large bag and seal tightly.
3. Shake for 5 minutes and remove small bag. Snip off corner and squeeze ice cream into serving dish.

That’s it!  Very easy and it’s a great way for kids to release some of their excess energy!

I’m loving washi tape right now so I had my kids decorate wooden spoons beforehand – just another fun little activity to keep them busy.

One of the great things about this dessert is that each child can choose the ingredients and toppings they like.  Some of mine added just chocolate chips, some added chocolate syrup and others loved the fruit.

I’d love to hear some things you’re doing this summer to entertain the kids – leave me a comment below!


  1. This is such a great idea and a creative way to bond with your kids! I will surely try this at home and I’ll ask my 2 year old son to do the shaking for me! I love your blog! :)

    • Karsten, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet compliments! My kids seriously LOVED this activity and we had to do it every day for like a week. Have fun!

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