Summer Activity for the Kids!

Check out this easy, fun activity for a Fourth of July home party idea using quality ingredients to make a delicious vanilla ice cream.  Create a fun “topping bar” for when the ice cream is finished or place ice cream between cookies to make an ice cream sandwich.  QUICK TIP:  If you have a deep freezer, you can use that to freeze faster.

Homemade Ice Cream in a bag *Fun for Kids*


  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla (or to your taste)
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc bag
  • 1 sandwich size DOUBLE Ziploc bag
  • 6 tablespoons of ice cream salt



  1. Prepare ice bag first. Fill gallon-size double Ziploc bag halfway full of ice cubes. Add in salt, toss ice around in bag, and set aside to chill.
  2. In smaller bag, add in half & half, whipping cream, vanilla, sugar and combine well by shaking bag. Let sugar dissolve.
  3. Put smaller bag into larger bag. Shake 10 minutes for soft ice cream, or you can put it in the freezer for three hours for a firm ice cream.


Enjoy single-serve ice cream that you can eat out of the bag, or cut the tip off of the Ziploc bag to ‘pipe’ the ice cream out of the bag into a bowl onto cookies.


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