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!

Here’s how:

  1. 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!
  2. Fill 3/4 of a large-sized zipper-lock freezer bag with ice cubes (the smaller the better) and 1/3 cup of salt.
  3. Put the medium bag inside the large bag with the ice and salt, and seal the large bag securely.
  4. 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!