How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag with Recording Sheet

One of our favorite science activities for kids is learning how to make ice cream in a bag! The post also includes a free printable for kids to use to record their observations and notes.

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A super fun science activity for summer! (How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag w/ FREE Printable)~ Buggy and Buddy


Making ice cream in a bag is such a fun science activity for kids. Besides ending up with a yummy homemade treat, kids  also have the opportunity to make predictions and observations throughout the ice cream making process! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Summer Science for Kids: How to Make Ice Cream in a Baggie! with printable recording sheet

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Materials for Making Ice Cream in a Bag

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag Free Printable

Procedure for Making Ice Cream in a Bag

1. Place the cream, sugar, and any flavoring you’re using into the smaller baggie. Seal it tightly and be sure there are no leaks. (We put ours inside another baggie as a precaution.)

put all ice cream ingredients into a small bag


2. Fill the large baggie about a third of the way with ice and pour in the salt.

place ice and salt in large bag


3. Place the smaller baggie inside the larger one. Add a bit more ice (so the bag is about 2/3 full), and seal the large baggie with both the small baggie and ice inside.


4. Use your hands to move the baggie around continuously. Check the ingredients occasionally to see if the mixture resembles  ice cream.

move the bag around until you have ice cream


5. Your ice cream should be done in about 20-25 minutes. Eat and enjoy!

how to make ice cream in a bag

Question to Spark More Curiosity & Critical Thinking

1. What state of matter is the mixture at the beginning of the experiment? How about at the end?

2. What happened to the ice in the large baggie as you were making the ice cream? Why do you think this happened?

3. Why do you think salt is necessary in this activity?

ice cream in a bag

What’s Going On?

Salt lowers the freezing temperature of water. When you add salt to your ice, you’re creating a mixture that is colder than just the ice itself. This colder temperature causes the mixture to freeze and become ice cream!

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Want to go even further?

Even more activities to inspire creativity and critical thinking for various ages.

1. Experiment with different ratios of salt to ice and see how it affects the freezing of the ice cream.

2. Measure the temperature of the mixture before it freezes and after. Compare the two temperatures.

3. Based on this experiment, why do you think salt is sprinkled on icy roads in winter?

4. Here’s a fun experiment using ice and a string!

5. Here’s another fun science experiment using ice!


Related Children’s Books (Fiction & Nonfiction)

What is the World Made Of?What is the World Made Of? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Should I Share My Ice Cream? Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems

Ice Cream: The Full Scoop Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons



Be sure to check out STEAM Kids book and ebook for even more creative STEM and STEAM ideas!

STEAM Kids: 50+ STEAM STEM activities for kids


Summer Science for Kids: How to Make Ice Cream in a Baggie! with printable recording sheet


How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag: Fun science and STEM activity for summer! Includes a free printable recording sheet! Fun classroom activity or to do at home over break- preschool, kindergarten, first grade and up!  ~


  1. Wow! This is so cool. I love homemade ice cream, but I always thought that you needed one of those fancy ice cream makers to do it with. I’m totally doing this with my kiddos! I love the book suggestions too.

  2. I had no idea you could do this without an ice cream maker!

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  3. stephanie says:

    Definitely need to try this one! Thanks for sharing at After School!

  4. I have the best idea ever!!!!!!!!!!! you should make a video of this! #bestideaever


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