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What you will need:

For the Ice Cream Churn

– 2 containers with lids (one needs to fit inside of the other)
– 1/2 cup of salt
– ice

For the Vanilla Ice Cream

– 1 cup organic milk
– 1 tablespoon organic sugar
– a couple of drops of organic vanilla extract or a vanilla bean

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Step 1: Make the Ice Cream Mix

Find two containers with lids that will fit inside of each other and thoroughly clean and dry them. Add the organic milk, sugar and vanilla to the inside of the smaller container.

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Step 2: Seal Tightly

Seal the lid on the ice cream container tightly! Let your child gently shake the container if they would like, to mix up the ingredients.

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Step 3: Add Ice

Add a layer of ice to the bottom of the larger container.

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Step 4: Add the Ice Cream Container

Place the ice cream container inside the larger container on top of the layer of ice.

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Step 4: Add more Ice and the Salt

Fill the container the rest of the way full of ice, add the salt and seal the lid tightly.

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Step 5: Get Rolling

If you have two or more children, have them sit on the floor in a circle and roll the ice cream churn back and forth to each other. If you have an only child (like me!) you can be part of the fun and roll the churn with your child.

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Step 6: Watch and Feel the Churn get Frosty!

The combination of ice, salt and rolling the churn causes the ice cream mixture inside to freeze. The container will get cold and a small amount of frost will accumulate on the outside. My son found this part of the process to be fascinating. To get a creamy, thick consistency you will want to roll the churn for around 30 minutes. When the children are giggling, rolling and talking about the frost on the churn, the time goes by quickly.

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Step 7: Remove the Ice Cream Container from the Churn

Have your child carefully dump out the water and ice mixture, then remove the ice cream container from inside the churn.

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Step 8: Enjoy a scoop

This mixture will make around 4 scoops of ice cream. Your children will delight in eating cold ice cream that they made all by themselves.

Have you made an ice cream churn before? Please leave your comments below!