Step 1: Gather necessary materials and ingredients
For a single-serving of quick, yummy homemade vanilla ice cream you'll need:
1 empty medium sized coffee can. We used a 13oz can.
1 empty container with a lid that'll fit inside the coffee can with extra space around it for ice and salt. We used small empty jelly jars and plastic yogurt containers
(Now is the time to pat yourself on the back for recycling and having a mini-lesson with your kids about the importance of reusing items, consumption and global warming)
You'll also need:
1 Tablespoon measuring spoon
1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon
1/2 cup measuring cup
1 small spoon for stirring
For the vanilla ice cream you'll need:
1/2 cup milk. We used non-fat because that's what we drink. However, any milk will work and I even hear soy milk also works for you lacto-free folks
1-2 Tablespoons granulated sugar depending on how sweet you want your ice cream. We used 2 and it was a bit too sweet for my kids. My son's friend is pretty much sugar-free so he used 1 packet of Splenda and it turned out pretty tasty.
1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. The kids found 1 teaspoon of vanilla to be a little bit too over-powering
Small chunks of ice. Enough to fill the surrounding space around the small container inside the coffee can.
1-2 Tablespoons rock salt. We actually found ours at Von's and it was specifically made for ice cream
1 teaspoon chocolate syrup substituted for the vanilla extract if you're craving chocolate
1-2 Small snack size Hershey's Chocolate bars or other chocolate that can be chunked up if you want to make chocolate chip ice cream
Step 2: Measure and pour the milk
Step 3: Measure and pour the sugar
Step 4: Alternative sugar option
Step 5: Measure and pour the vanilla extract
If you're looking to make chocolate ice cream instead substitute the vanilla extract with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup. Yum.
Step 6: Stir the ingredients
Step 7: Top it off.
With the yogurt container we wrapped some duct tape around the container to make sure the lid stayed in place.
Step 8: Place small container into larger coffee can
Step 9: Add ice
Step 10: Add rock salt
Step 11: Ice it up
Step 12: Put a lid on it.
You might want to secure the lid to the coffee can with some good ol' duct tape.
Now get ready to shake, rattle and roll those icy cold coffee cans.
Step 13: Shaken not stirred
This is where the real fun begins and you get 15-20 minutes of free time. Just enough time to do a few, much needed, strength training and yoga reps on the Wii Fit...possibly opening that new boxing level. Or read the front page of today's newspaper and down a cup of coffee. Either way, it should be fairly uninterrupted, well-deserved "me time."
First, have the kiddies, armed with their very own coffee can concoctions, make their way to an open OUTSIDE area with some space to move. Trust me, it gets a little wet from the melting ice so you'll want those babies outside.
Have the kids begin with some "kick the can." The kids can just kick the coffee can around and watch it roll. We had kicking races where the kids had to kick the can from one side of the patio to other. First one to make it to the other side and back won.
*Side note: I wouldn't recommend kicking the can in sandals. My son was so excited about the ice cream project that he insisted he had no time to change shoes. OUCH!
Step 14: Coffee Can Roller Crash Derby
The rules of "Coffee Can Roller Crash Derby":
1. Decide who'll go first with a quick best three out of five round of "Rock, Paper, Scissor."
2. All players stand on the same side of the patio.
3. Using his hands only, player one makes a "roll out" move by rolling his can across the patio to the other side.
4. The next player makes his "roll out" move by trying to "crash derby roll" his can into player one's can.
5. If his can "crashes" into player one's can he gets a point. If it doesn't hit player one's can then it's player one's turn to try to "crash derby roll" his can into the other player's can. Player one starts his roll from wherever his can stopped the first time around.
6. The first player to "derby crash" by rolling his can into the other player's can wins a point and the round is ended.
7. Begin the next round by having all players go to the same side of the patio (see step #2).
The kids played to five points. The perfect amount of points to keep the game fresh. They played this game twice.
Step 15: Coffee Can Bowling
How to play "Coffee Can Bowling":
1. Stand up six empty containers in a bowling configuration of your choice. We used six small empty plastic water bottles that we removed from our recycle bin . We started with a traditional bowling pin set up, but found it to be too difficult, so my son's wise BFF came up with the configuration you see in the photo. It worked really well.
2. Play a quick round of "Rock, Paper, Scissor" to decide who'll go first or loser from "Coffee Can Roller Crash Derby" goes first.
3. After arranging the pins have the kids stand on the opposite side away from them and draw a "Do not cross line" with some sidewalk chalk. This line will be the line they can walk up to before rolling their can.
4. Use basic bowling rules to play the game. Have the kids take turns knocking down the "pins" by rolling their can into the "pins." Each player gets two rolls before tallying up their total.
5. The player not "bowling" is responsible for resetting the pins after the other player's turn is finished.
6. The first player to reach 12 points wins the game. Ideally you could make the points as low or high as you wish. Twelve points seemed to be the magic number for us.
Step 16: Freeze Dancing before a cool treat.
To really shake things up the last activity is "Freeze Dance." Very simple to play. Taking a break from Wii Fit it's your turn to play DJ.
How to "Freeze Dance":
1. Dripping wet and freezing cold coffee cans in their hands, have the kids stand in the middle of the patio with plenty of space around them.
2. Turn up some major tunes. We especially like to blast anything from Central Services Presents...Board of Education.
3. When the music starts bumping, the kids start busting some major ice cream coffee can moves, making sure to shake, shake, shake it up.
4. From time to time pause the tunes. When the music stops the kids freeze..like ice sculptures. Continue starting and stopping the music at different times tricking them into total dancing chaos, whipping them into a groovin, "Freeze Dance" frenzy. Two songs should do the trick.