Three Cool Kid-Friendly Ice Cream Makers

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker

Homemade ice cream has many appealing aspects. It is potentially healthier because the amount of sugar and fat is adjustable. Additionally, it does not contain unknown or unwanted ingredients. Many parents like the idea of serving homemade ice cream, instead of store bought, because they see it as a do-it-yourself lesson for the kids. And guess what? Kids love churning ice cream, which gives you a break, and gives them some exercise!

Here are three ice cream makers each offering varying degrees of child participation.

White Mountain F64306-X 6-Quart Hand-Crank Ice Cream Freezer

This traditional hand-cranking freezer makes 6 quarts of ice cream; a 4 quart size is also available. The three–gear drive makes cranking easier but a commitment is still required to achieve the frozen prize. This ice cream maker gives older children an opportunity to take part in food preparation process by contributing to the preparation of something they love eating. The process takes 30 to 45 minutes and the machine has a 5-year warranty.

Donvier 837409W 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker

This is an eco-friendly ice cream maker in that it needs neither salt nor ice. Children can make a small but important contribution by periodically opening the freezer and turning the crank on top of the unit during the 15 to 20 minutes it takes to produce the frozen dessert. This ice cream freezer requires some planning ahead as the freezer bowl requires seven hours in the freezer before pouring in the mixture.

Play & Freeze™ Ice Cream Maker

This ice cream maker needs salt and ice but no electricity. The unit is composed of a hollow ball that holds the ice and salt for freezing in one part and another area for the ice cream mixture. The ice cream forms as the ball is rolled or passed from person to person. It comes in a pint size that takes 10 minutes to make and a quart size that takes 15 minutes. Even little kids can help by rolling the smaller size ball.