Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

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Ideas for Family Fun: Ice Cream in a Bag

With the warm weather this spring, a great way to have some fun with your family is to make homemade ice cream together. This activity can be done at any age, but it’s also a little messy, so the best place to do it is outside.

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

For this activity you’ll need gallon zip lock bags and quart zip lock bags. First, put the ice cream mixture in a smaller, quart sized bag and ice and salt in a larger, gallon sized bag (double bagging is a great way to keep these from leaking). For different ice cream mix recipes, click here. Next, place the quart-sized bag inside the gallon bag filled with ice and salt. When you’re placing the smaller bag in the larger one, be careful to make sure that the smaller bag is properly sealed to prevent getting ice and salt into the smaller bag.  Now here’s the fun part: once the smaller ice mix bag is inside the larger ice and salt bag, shake it for ten to fifteen minutes, and watch as the mix turns into ice cream right before your eyes! This is a great activity for kids to see science at its best and parents to spend some quality time with them.

—Rachel Harris, Stance

 

Ideas for Family Fun: Night at the Movies

Everyone likes a good show, and going with your family is even better.

A simple way to spend time with your family this week is to go to a movie with them. It doesn’t have to be all that fancy or expensive either—in Provo, Utah, the Cinemark Movies 8 offers ticket entries for 75 cents for groups of three or more on Monday nights. It’s a cheap, fun way to spend quality time together.

—Rachel Harris, Stance