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Ice Cream Unit Study

Who Doesn’t Love Ice Cream? Use that Interest to Learn the Science of Ice Cream and More!

The Science of Ice Cream
By: Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.
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You can go out for ice cream, buy an ice cream maker, or just pick up a gallon of ice cream at the grocery store to enjoy your favorite treat. However, as a homeschooler, you have more options. Did you ever wonder how ice cream is made? Or ice cream sandwiches? Or ice cream cones? Why not make an entire unit study about ice cream and study art, history, home and careers, language arts, math, and science—all with ice cream as the central theme? Sound delicious? Here are some resources to get you started:

Ice Cream Art for Kids

Ice Cream History for Kids Ice Cream Home & Career for Kids Ice Cream Language Arts for Kids
Ice Cream Math for Kids Ice Cream Science for Kids Ice Cream Lesson Plans & Activities for Kids

Ice Cream Games for Kids

*Although most of the resources listed here are free, those marked with a $ have a cost or require a fee/subscription in order to access the full range of materials.

The Science of Ice Cream

Ice Cream Art for Kids

Talk about cute and fun! These ice cream arts and crafts projects will make your kids scream for ice cream:

8 Super Cute Ice Cream Crafts
Make an Origami ice cream cone, an ice cream garland, egg carton ice cream cones, and more.

12 of the Sweetest Ice Cream Crafts Ever
Create fun ice cream crafts from tissue paper, felt, plaster, puffy paint, or playdough. What fun!

15 Cool Ice Cream Crafts for Kids to Make
Make an ice cream banner, paper ice cream cones, an ice cream puppet, pompom ice cream necklaces, and others.

25 Cool Ice Cream Crafts and Activities for Kids
Find handprint ice cream cones, paper plate milkshakes, cupcake liner ice cream, and other crafts, as well as activities, printables, and more.

Ice Cream Coloring Book for Kids: 40 Cute Ice Cream Coloring Pages $
By One Little Whale
“Ice Cream Kids Coloring Book features our all-time favorite frozen desserts with its ice cream themed coloring pages to satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth cravings. This jumbo toddler coloring contains pictures of super cute frozen desserts like ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, ice pops, and ice cream pies to make your kid’s coloring very enjoyable. This activity book is perfect for your toddler or preschooler and is sure to give your kids hours of entertainment, learning and joy.

 

Ice Cream History for Kids

Who made and enjoyed the first ice cream cone? We need to credit someone for this wonderful treat. Find out about the history of ice cream and ice cream makers here:

Ben & Jerry’s History
Find out about the history of this ice cream-making giant. How did they start, and how did they get where they are today?

 

 

History of Ice Cream Cone
Who invented the first ice cream cone? Apparently, that is controversial. Find out more here or click on the links to find out about “Baked Alaska,” “Ice Cream and Ices,” and the “Ice Cream Sundae.”

 

 

The Straight Scoop in Ice Cream
Want some fun facts about ice cream? When was ice cream first “discovered”? Which countries consume the most ice cream? Learn all about this favored frozen treat here.

 

Ice Cream Home & Career for Kids

Learning to make ice cream at home can benefit the whole family. Yummy! Can your child even make ice cream into a career? Explore these resources to learn more:

Homemade Ice Cream Cones
Check out this recipe for ice cream cones, which are somewhere between crepes and store-bought sugar cones. Then just find your favorite ice cream and enjoy!

Ice Cream Recipes
Search this collection of ice cream treats by flavor: vanilla, chocolate, mint, nutty, fruity, cookie, caramel, specialty, and coffee. Find parfaits and pies and cupcakes and more. Enjoy!

 

  

The Man with the Million-Dollar Taste Buds
Who wouldn’t want a career as an ice cream taster? Read this interview with taster John Harrison to find out more.

Refreshing Homemade Sorbets
If you are dairy free, you might enjoy these recipes for light, sweet homemade sorbets.

 

Ice Cream Language Arts for Kids

Reading about ice cream can be fun, too! Check out these books and other resources you can use to build engaging Language Arts lessons:


ABC Ice Cream for All!
$
By Kirsten Hurley
“World renowned illustration artist, Kirsten Hurley, brings us: Ice Cream for ALL! A book that kids WANT. This full color picture book features 26 whimsical illustrations of animals A-Z eating ice cream.

 

 

Curious about Ice Cream (Smithsonian) $
By Bonnie Bader
“Americans eat more ice cream than people in any other country (on average 48 pints per person a year). Where did this cool treat come from? And how did its popularity spread? If you’re curious about all things ice cream, this fun, visual 8 x 8 developed with the food curators at the Smithsonian is now on the menu!

 

Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise $
By H.A. Rey
“George is looking for a way to beat the summer heat. Swimming, running through sprinklers, a glass of lemonade—none can help George cool off! What George really wants is a sweet, cold treat from the ice cream truck, but will he ever catch it?

 

 

Gorilla Loves Vanilla $
By Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne
“Sam’s Sundaes is far and away the best place on Jelly Bean Street to get your favorite ice cream flavor! One day, five animals dash through the door, hoping little Sam Sundae will whip up the ice cream treat of their dreams…. This delightfully wacky book will have kids howling with laughter and asking for more, more, more of this deliciously funny story.

 

 

The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze! $
By Todd Clark
Introducing Irwin Snackcracker, seemingly ordinary fourth-grader who is transformed through the power of a Fudgsicle into superhero extraordinaire: The Ice Cream Kid!

 

 

Ice Cream Soup $
By Ann Ingalls
“What happens when you try to make an ice cream cake, but add too much stuff? You end up with ice cream soup! This original Level 1 reader with rhyming text is perfect for beginning readers.

 

 The Little Ice Cream Truck (Little Vehicles, 4) $
By Margery Cuyler (Author), Bob Kolar (Illustrator)
“The Little Ice Cream Truck is loaded up with tasty treats in this new addition to ever-popular The Little Dump Truck, The Little School Bus and The Little Fire Truck series. Join the little ice cream truck and its cheerful driver, Sue, as they trot all over their diverse town to deliver everyone’s favorite flavor of ice cream on a hot sunny day.

 

Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream $
By Rob Scotton (Author, Illustrator)
“Join Splat and his class on a field trip to an ice-cream factory in this delectable I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. Splat can barely sit still during the bus ride. He’s imagining the mountain of ice cream he thinks he’ll get to eat! But when Splat gets there, that mountain becomes more of an avalanche. It’s up to Splat and his classmates to save the day!”

What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato?
Are ice cream and gelato the same? Is gelato just fancy ice cream? Read this article to find out.

  

Ice Cream Math for Kids

You can also motivate your young children to learn math by including ice cream in your lessons. Here’s how:

Ice Cream Math
Your Kindergarten child can practice counting skills using this ice cream math activity.

Ice Cream Math Mats
Here are free printable math mats to inspire your child to practice addition and subtraction.

 

  

Ice Cream Math Worksheets
Kindergarteners will love these free math worksheets to help them learn counting, addition, subtraction, and more. Included is the Count to 10 Ice Cream Math Craft (free printable).

 

Ice Cream Science for Kids

What is ice cream? Is it a solid or liquid or something in between? How is it made? Find out about the science of making ice cream with these exciting resources:
 

Brain Freeze: Ice Cream Making Science Lab Kit $
Grab this box of 18 yummy STEM experiments, including a 36-page lab guide, ingredients, and tools. Create tasty treats while learning chemistry and the scientific method.

 

 

The Chemistry of Ice Cream – Components, Structure, & Flavour
Did you know that ice cream is a combination of air, ice crystals, fat globules, and a liquid syrup? What kind of substance is ice cream?

 

 

Finding Science in Ice Cream – An Experiment for Secondary School Classrooms
Have your high schooler read about the history of ice cream processing and its chemistry, and then try the experiment. Who knows? Maybe this is the beginning of a career in Food Science! 

Freezer Bag Ice Cream
Here is a recipe to make your own ice cream. Grab a few kitchen items, and a bit of rock salt, and pick your favorite flavor! 

 

 

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Can
Learn how to make your own ice cream in a can! It takes about 30 minutes, and then you can enjoy the results.

Ice Cream in a Bag
Try making ice cream with just a few items you have in your kitchen and a bit of rock salt. Create your favorite treat before your eyes!

 

Ice Cream Lesson Plans & Activities for Kids

Maybe you are looking for more structured lessons with an ice cream theme. Luckily, these are available, too. Check out these resources:

Chocolate and Ice Cream Across the Curriculum (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute®)
Need some help designing your unit study on ice cream? Look here for lesson plans for language arts, math, social studies, and science based on The Chocolate Sundae Mystery, by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

 

 

Ice Cream Home Preschool Lesson Plans (Home Preschool 101) $
Buy this lesson plan pack to access art, math, reading, sensory, and science activities—all related to ice cream!

Ice Cream Theme Units (ABC Teach) $
This is a collection of ice cream-related activities, coloring pages, writing prompts, fiction, and more. Sign up to access the free resources or upgrade to a membership for access to the full range of materials.

 

Ice Cream Games for Kids

Finish off your ice cream learning with some fun games. Try these:

Ice Cream Empire $
Practice being an ice cream entrepreneur while also learning math, US geography, and money skills.

Ice Cream Madness
Play with ice cream-related vocabulary using this free online memory matching game.

Ice Cream Flavors Word Search Puzzle
Can you find “Butter Pecan” and “Moose Tracks”? Enjoy this rainy-day ice cream activity! There is also a printable version of the word search available.

What’s Your Ice Cream Identity?
If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be? Take this quiz and find out!

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Do you have any favorite ways to play and learn about ice cream? Let us know in the comments below….

 

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