It’s At-Home Ice Cream Season!

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The third Sunday in July is a very important holiday. It’s National Ice Cream Day! This year it falls on July 17th and it’s a day that both kids and adults will be excited to celebrate. At Wollaston Child Care Center (a great place for “child care near me” if you’re looking!), we know the importance of encouraging kids to eat healthy, but it’s okay to have a treat once in a while. And everyone knows that treats are much sweeter when you make them yourself! During the summer, the days are hot and your kids spend more time at home.

So when you want to beat the heat on a hot day, try these two easy ways to make your own ice cream!


Make Ice Cream in a Bag…

This method is quick and fun, and each child gets to make their own serving of ice cream. For each serving, you will need

  • ½ cup whole milk (you can also use half and half or cream)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 cups of ice
  • A sandwich-size zip lock bag
  • And a quart-sized zip lock bag


Put the milk, sugar, and vanilla into the sandwich bag and seal it tightly. The ice and salt go into the quart bag. Place the sandwich bag inside the quart bag and seal it. Then, shake the bag as hard as you can for about 5 minutes, or until the contents of the sandwich bag are the right consistency. When it’s ready, take the small bag out and rinse any salt off it. Finally, open it up and enjoy!


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…Or Use a Baking Dish

This method takes longer, but you can make more ice cream in one batch. The recipe is still very simple. The only equipment you need is an 8-10 inch square baking pan and whisk and just a few ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt


Mix everything together and pour it into the baking pan and then put it in the freezer for 90 minutes. Then take it out of the freezer and whisk. Make sure you scrape the sides of the pan and break up any frozen chunks. Put the pan back in the freezer for 45 minutes and then whisk the mixture again. Repeat the process after another 30 minutes. The mixture should get stiffer every time you take it out of the freezer. Freeze and whisk every 30 minutes until the ice cream feels like soft serve. At this point, you can eat it or leave it to freeze solid. Either way, dig in and enjoy your hard work!


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Child Care Near Me: Wollaston Child Care Center

Summer is the time for fun activities with the kids, especially on National Ice Cream Day! But when you’re not busy doing activities with your kids, check out all the programs we offer at Wollaston Child Care Center. If you’re looking for “child care near me,” we have a program to continue your child’s development and education all year.

Contact us at (617) 773-7217 to learn more about our programs and what we can do for your child.