Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ben and Jerry's Field trip and Ice Cream Unit Study

On Levi's birthday we went on a field trip to Ben and Jerry's, where we got to watch a video on ice cream making, see the back areas of the shop, learn how cones are made, ask question and EAT ice cream (the best part!)

We decided to learn a little more about ice cream at home as well.

Unit study sources:
Homeschool Share
2TeachingMommies  (used the graphing activity and dice game from here)
From Cow to Cone (these are the videos we watched on our field trip- they are pretty good!)

The Full Scoop
Ben and Jerry's, the Inside Scoop  
Ice Cream: Including Great Moments in Ice Cream History
Louis Pasteur Activity Book 

On our Ben and Jerry's tour, first the kids watched a video about how ice cream is made, "From Cow to Cone".   It really did explain the process well. 

 We got to go in the back and check out the freezer. 

A little sign they had on the door in the back room.

The back room

Supplies behind the counter

Then they did a cone making demo (the cones had dairy, so Levi couldn't taste them!).  
First pour the batter onto the greased cone maker. 

 Roll it up. 

Like this:

Or, put it in a mold to make a bowl.

The best part, of course was eating the ice cream. 

Over the weekend we learned more about ice cream and ice cream making.  We got out our trusty old ice cream maker, this one has a inner chamber that you stick in the freezer overnight.  It has an outer container, a paddle, a handle, and a lid and thats all you need!  You can dump pretty much anything in there and it will make ice cream in a short time.  

One of the projects Levi did was design his own ice cream carton label.   He decided on "Chocolate Freeze Pudding" flavor, so we recreated this with tofu mixed with cocoa powder and thinned with some almond milk.
We also learned that ice cream gets its texture from the air that gets mixed in.  So with this mixture, we put some directly into a tupperware and put it in the freezer, and the rest we made in the ice cream maker.

More on the ice cream experiment, as explained by Levi (by the way, it WAS soft to begin with, but got harder overnight.  Not sure why, maybe b/c it was a non-dairy mix or something, our other ice cream flavors stayed soft!)

We did some other activites as well: 

Alphabetizing ice cream ingredients (this is the first time he has put things in alphabetical order so we used a ABC board to put them on to help out):

A science experiment: What is the effect of salt on ice?   We put some ice in each cup, added salt to one and then observed.  The cup with salt melted faster, but felt colder.   We talked about how salt was used to make ice cream. 

After Levi went to bed, I tried to make myself a milkshake, and this is what happened.   So much for that!   After cleaning up the (huge) mess on the kitchen and myself, I skipped desert.  

We played an ice cream game, this one I found as a printable, but it would be super easy to make.  I couldn't find any dice for some reason so we used a spinner.    
For our version of the game, you spin, and then pick the appropriate piece.  If none were left, you took it from the other player.  To win, you had to have at least one of each flavor and 1 cone. 

We did a craft project, a spin on the "paint and marbles in a tray" painting technique.  We used ice! 

It came out kinda neat, with a rainbow sorbet sorta look.   Levi used the finished artwork to decorate a letter he wrote to Ben and Jerry's thanking them for our field trip.  We will have to drop it off to them at some point (and eat some more ice cream while we are there, of course).

He is getting a lot better at actually attempting to draw things with more detail instead of just a super simple super quick scribble of something.  He also carefully colored the cone in and had some pretty good handwriting for the note!
(sorry it looks orange, not sure whats going on with my camera lately)

And here is the finished lapbook!

We have friends with us all this week, so back to learning about Oceans again on the weekend! 

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