Co-op time at the preschool and this month we made ice cream in an ice cream ball. This was a fun activity that all the kids could help with. We used a simple recipe of just heavy cream and sugar, the kids voted 6 to 7 not to include strawberries. With the ice cream ball the ingredients are poured into one end of the container and the other end is filled with ice. The kids took turns adding a handful of ice, which was much more entertainment than I expected. Once it was filled we began rolling it around the circle. Once filled the ball is a heavy and it was hard for some of the kids to roll the ball across the circle, but they had fun coming up with different ways to pass it around. The most popular was to chant "shake shake roll" as the ball went around the circle. We weren't able to roll the ball enough to completely freeze the ice cream, so we had milkshakes instead of ice cream, but it was still a nice treat.
Basic Vanilla Ice Cream
1 quart Heavy Cream
1 Tbs. Vanilla
3/4 c. Sugar (I used 1/4 c. vanilla sugar and didn't add the 1 Tbs of Vanilla)
Pour all ingredients into the ball, add ice to other end and roll until frozen.