bag-ice-creamGrowing up ice cream was a huge deal for my family. We ate it all the time!

My grandfather had his own ice cream machine that needed to be replaced almost every year because he used it so much. My favorite was his cherry pineapple ice cream.

I also remember making ice cream in Girl Scouts by kicking around an old coffee can.

So naturally, I wanted to give Sicily some of that same experience. During our Summer Toddler Theme, we made homemade ice cream in a bag. And let me tell you, this ice cream was the best tasting ice cream I’ve ever had.

Ice Cream in a Bag


1 cup whole milk

1 cup half & half

3 TBSP sugar

1 tsp vanilla

ice cream salt or kosher salt ( We couldn’t find any, so we just used large crystals of sea salt)

gallon size Ziploc bag

2 quart size Ziploc bag


1. Add the milk, half & half, sugar, and vanilla to a quart size bag.

2. Squeeze out as much air as possible and zip close.

3. Place that bag into another quart size bag to protect it from getting too salty.

4. Now place the double bagged ingredients into a gallon size bag.

5.  Add ice to fill it half way and 1 cup of ice cream salt.

6. Shake for 10-15 minutes.

7. Enjoy!

Sicily was not thrilled with the shaking part. I think the bag was too heavy for her little stature. But she did enjoy eating it!


During this activity, your child will practice those gross motor skills with shaking the bag. They will learn how to measure and count when adding the ingredients into the bag. Last, making ice cream is a great way to experience how we can turn one thing into something completely different.

Happy Eating!