Ice Cream In A Bag

Ice Cream In A Bag

It’s throwing it down with rain outside and the kids want ice cream but our house is out of stock.

I vaguely recalled a way of making ice cream using salt and ice cubes so we thought we’d give it a try. It passes as an educational activity (just) so double win!

1. Put 1/2 a cup of semi skimmed milk in a zip lock sandwich bag.

2. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

3. Zip the bag shut trying to get as much air out the bag as possible.

4. Put that bag inside another zip lock bag and seal tightly removing the air again.

5. Place the ice cream bag into a larger zip lock bag and fill with ice.

6. Put 2 tablespoons of salt into the large bag and seal tightly.

7. Shake the bag for approx. 8 minutes. You’ll notice the liquid start to go slushy in consistancy.

8. Take the ice cream bag out the larger bag and serve immediately.

The kids got bored shaking the bag and we did spring a leak but, we got a small amount of slightly melted ice cream which the kids loved and made it all worthwhile (to them anyway).

The boys were fascinated by the chemical reaction between the salt and the ice and how it turned the milk into ice cream.

Definitely a great activity to waste 20 minutes on a wet day.

Days Out In Cambridgeshire

Days Out In Cambridgeshire

The summer holidays are upon us and with it, 6 long weeks of entertaining bored kids! Although I’m now back at work, I still have more than 50% of the week to find some way of avoiding boredom.

Cambridgeshire has so many amazing places to visit (some of which are free which is an added bonus) and this is how we are intending to spend our summer (providing the rain goes away!)

Here’s my list of local places that are great to visit with under 5’s.

1. Sacrewell Farm
With tractors to climb all over and have rides on, animals to feed and an amazing soft play area, this makes a great day out. It’s not too expensive and has indoor options should the heavens open. They also have additional activities on during school holidays.

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2. Hinchingbrooke Park
Apart from a small car parking charge, it’s free to visit. There are miles of lovely walks, plenty of open space for running around and lots of play equipment for children. Also, if the kids stay quiet enough, there’s lots of wildlife to be seen. They usually have additional activities such as pond dipping in the school holidays.

3. Johnsons Farm
This is about 5 minutes in the car from us a definitely a great way to kill a morning. The kids love visiting the animals. They have all sorts there but their favourites are always the alligators. Although it’s free to visit, I always get stung for the amazing food in their cafe and farm shop!

4. Anglesey Abbey
A beautiful National Trust house and gardens. Lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around and amazing for a game of hide and seek! We all learn something new here as well look at the array of flowers and find out what they are.

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5. Sedgwick Museum
There are plenty of museums in Cambridge to choose from but this is my favourite. I love all things earth science related and with dinosaurs involved the boys tolerate it too! Always plenty of activities going on to amuse all ages. There’s also a great geology trail that takes you on a walk around Cambridge centre after you’ve finished in the museum. Totally geeky but we love it!