Any ideas for an icecream science experiment with 1st graders?

Question:For my college class, I'm working with kindergartners who are getting ready to enter 1st grade. Next week we'll be exploring icecream (it's their teacher's choice). I will brainstorm with my group to make a list of questions they have about icecream, but want some ideas of my own to go into it with.

So anything with melting, comparing, etc. Anything that kids this age would be interested in and have fun doing! Thanks & I really look foward to hearing ideas!

Which melts faster...chocolate or vanilla?
Which will melt faster: ice cream inside or ice cream in the sun why?
Is it easier to dip ice cream with a cold or hot spoon?
When ice cream melts.can you refreeze it and use it again?
If you put it in different containers will it change shape?
What will happen to vanilla ice cream if we add food color? What new name could you give it?
How can you make an ice cream cone that wont drip?
Give a group of students a carton of ice cream and see how many scoops are in a carton. (Estimation and Prediction)
Does ice cream melt faster on a plate or in a ziploc bag? Why?
Compare which melts faster a dish of ice cream or a popsicle.
How many scoops can you get on an ice cream cone before it tips?
In first grade we made homemade ice cream. Basically all you do is cream ice, milk, and sugar together in a Ziploc and they're happy! Good luck!
This might sound dumb, but you can maybe see weather it melts faster in a cup or a bowl, on a spoon or on something else, differnt meterials.. something like that..just trying to help..
Can you drink melted ice-cream by sucking it up your nose? :)
how about how many licks does it take to finish an icecream cone? LOL sorry... I had to throw that in...
seriously... at that age. just studying that it melts and why...
(and how not to get it on moms carpets) would be good...
have them maybe brainstorm and make an invention to keep icecream from drippin all over...(problem solving project)
Here is a great one.

Make Ice cream in Zip Lock bags.

Put the items to make ice cream in the smaller of the two zip lock bags and then put water with Rock Salt mixed in it in the other.

Then have the kids put on gloves and take turns shaking the bags.

Then take the little bag out and there is ice cream.

Test at home first and make different flavors in different bags.

Explain to the kids that water with salt in it freezed at a lower level than just water and that is what makes the ice cream freeze in the bags.

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Let's see how many we can stuff down their throat to make them shut up!
I'm not sure how to answer this, but I've always noticed this about icecream and hope you could find a way to work it into the experiment. How about adding gummy bears or skittles, note changes or something about the way their colors melt with the icecream and those innocent soft gummy bears and skittles can soon hurt your teeth when left sitting in the ice cream for too long. I'm not sure this helped much, I have a grudge against mixing icecream and candy.
gett a large can and a smaller can fill small can with ingrediants then put small can in large can put ice inside around small can then add salt to Ice cover small can with lid then cover big can with lid then roll large can around back and forth it works problay around for 20 minutes enjoy ...
Which flavour melts the fastest. In a cone each hold ice creams of different flavours. Ist drips to touch the hand. Use timer. Once it reaches the hand record time and start eating!

Melting in the sun, in shade, in the wind.

Is icecream a liquid or a solid? Changing states.

Does additng things to icecream make it melt faster? Sprinkles, nuts...
You could have each of them make ice cream in a ziplock bag, quick and easy to make and the kids will love it.

Here's what you need:

2 tbsp sugar
1 cup milk or half & half cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 tbsp salt
1 pint sized zipper bag
1 gallon sized zipper bag

... and how to make it..

Fill the gallon sized plastic zipper bag half full with ice. Add salt and seal. Pour sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla into the pint zipper bag and seal. Place the pint size bag into the gallon size bag & seal. Shake the bag for 5-7 minutes.

Hope that helps!
You could do an experiment with temperature conduction: get two bowls of ice cream, put a wooden/plastic spoon in one and a metal in the other and have the kids tell you which spoon gets colder faster.
I know that's not directly related to ice cream, but pretty much everything else has been said.
When I was in 3rd grade, my teacher brought in an old crank ice cream maker and we made ice cream, that was fun, but it's not really an experiment.
Supplies needed:
Metal bowl
plastic bowl
glass bowl
three scoops of ice cream

Put one scoop of icecream in each bowl and see observe the order in which the scoops of ice cream melt. Talk to the students about how the different materials different levels of insulation for the ice cream.
make ice cream in a bag

•1 tablespoon Sugar
•1/2 cup Milk or half & half
•1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
•6 tablespoons Rock salt
•1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
•1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
•Ice cubes

1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
3. Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.
4. Shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.
5. Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!

tasting party with different flavors
get some really different kinds from an asian market like black bean ice cream
You can graph students favorite types of ice cream. Use scoops on a cone to create a pictograph or you can create a regualar bar graph.
You can do an experiment where you see which melts faster plain ice cream or ice cream with sprinkles on it. The sprinkles raise the temp. of the ice cream and cause it to melt faster. Then explain the practical application to the kids..if it's a super hot sprinkles or your ice cream will melt before you can finish it!

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