We’re looking down the barrel of a long few months of restricted activity.
And while there’s lots of research showing a bit of boredom is actually good for kids (it helps them build resilience, patience and creativity, among other things), we’re going to need some quick and easy time-fillers now and then.
Here’s one that’s easy and inexpensive: make ice cream in a bag!
- Combine 1 cup of whole milk*, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract in a medium-sized zipper-lock freezer bag. Make sure the zipper lock is securely closed!
- Fill 3/4 of a large-sized zipper-lock freezer bag with ice cubes (the smaller the better) and 1/3 cup of salt.
- Put the medium bag inside the large bag with the ice and salt, and seal the large bag securely.
- This is the fun part! For FIVE MINUTES, shake the blazes out of the large bag (word to the wise: always keep one hand gripping the zipper lock to ensure it stays closed). Everyone can take turns – you can even turn the shaking into a dance contest!
Once time is up, take the medium bag out of the large one and rinse it really well in cold water. Then, you’re ready for a treat! Enjoy your homemade ice cream with berries and/or some crunchy cereal.
*chocolate milk works too!