Transformation Unit: Cooking and Mixing

Read or listen to the story From Milk to Ice Cream, by Stacy Taus-Bolstad. You can find this story in the “Transformation Unit” collection on our epic website. After reading this book with your child, make ice cream together! Here is a sample recipe:


2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup half and half or light cream (dairy-free options such as soy milk and almond milk also work, but will yield a softer ice cream)

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup salt


Gallon-sized zipper bag

Pint-sized zipper bag


1. Mix sugar, half and half and vanilla extract together in a bowl.

2. Pour mixture into a pint-sized zipper bag and seal tightly.

3. Fill the gallon-sized zipper bag half full with ice.

4. Pour the salt over the ice.

5. Place the pint-sized bag inside the gallon-sized bag and seal tightly.

6. Shake the gallon-sized bag for approximately five minutes or until the ice cream is formed (play music while you do this!).

7. Remove the pint-sized bag from the gallon-sized bag. Rinse the salt from the small bag.

8. Grab a spoon, open pint-sized bag and enjoy right from the bag! 

Orange Juice Challenge

Supply fresh oranges and challenge the your child to figure out how to turn the oranges into orange juice. Guide them through the experience with open-ended questions. This activity could be implemented over the course of two days. On the first day ask your child to plan how they will turn the oranges into juice, including making a list of what they might need. On the second day, supply some of the materials they will need in order to accomplish this challenge. When your child is ready to drink their orange juice, talk with them about making healthy food choices.

Cooking Experience

Supply child friendly cookbooks for your child to explore. Invite them to select a recipe to make at home together. Read the recipes with your child and talk about how the recipe ingredients change throughout the cooking experience. For example, “When combined the milk and flour transformed into mush!”


If possible, make popcorn with your child. Show them the popcorn kernels in advance and talk about how the kernels change when heated.

Have a great weekend! 

Miss Kristen