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Toddler Recipes: Ice Cream

home-made ice cream DESCRIPTION

This is one of the toddler recipes I used in in my classroom as a culminating activity. Recommended to be done with a couple parent helpers or 2nd grade and up. I have included this recipe because it doesn't involve any cooking or require an ice cream machines. Many children have older siblings who can assist with the "shaking".


  • 1 box Jello instant pudding (Chocolate or Vanilla)

  • Ice Cubes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup evaporated milk or Half and Half
  • salt (ice cream salt recommended)
  • Candy Sprinkles or chocolate topping

  • 2-3 Quart Heavy Duty Freezer Bags, 2 Heavy Duty Gallon Zip Lock Bags
  • Whisk

  • Large Mixing Bowl

    1. Combine pudding and the two cups milk in a large mixing bowl. Beat 2 minutes. Stir in sugar and evaporated milk.
    2. Pour into 2 or 3 small Freezer Ziplock Bags. Put 2 cups ice cubes in large ziplock and about 1/4 cup salt.
    3. Let out as much air as possible and shake, shake, shake. Shake about 10 minutes or until frozen. It will have a soft serve consistency.


  • Chill for 30 minutes before shaking.
  • Have the recipe written out and point out ingredients and steps as you go.
  • Line up ingredients on table to help reinforce sequencing skills.

  • Talk about salty and sweet and make a list of foods for each category.

  • Easy activity to make a book to go along with the recipe.

    This toddler recipe can be used as a culminating activity for a unit on liquids and solids. It can also be used as part of five senses unit.

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