Sunny Days

Monkey Weather ChartThe monkey’s got his hat on – hip hip hip hooray, the monkey’s got his hat on as the sun’s come out to play!

Not quite how the rhyme really goes but a great adaptation that could be sung this week whilst dressing your monkey for the weather on the lovely Monkey Weather Chart which certainly makes a change from all the days recently when he’s needed his umbrella and wellie boots!

We’ve written 10 things to do on a sunny day before so maybe revisit that post if you are looking for sunny day inspiration.

Something else that you can try given that sunny days are the best days for eating ice-cream is to make your own ice-cream. We tried this experiment yesterday at Biggest Littlesheep’s science birthday tea with limited success but maybe you’ll have more luck (I think they weren’t patient enough in the shaking / squishing the bag or maybe they squished too much!).

You need:

4 tablespoons salt
4 cups of crushed ice
a towel / gloves
1 large sealable plastic bag
2 small sealable plastic bags
half a cup of full-fat milk or cream
1 tablespoon of sugar
half a teaspoon of vanilla essence

Method

  1. Mix the milk or cream, sugar and vanilla essence in a jug
  2. Pour into a small sealable bag, squeeze out the excess air and seal
  3. Double bag your mixture (you don’t want to break the bag and get your yummy creamy mixture contaminated by the salty icy water)
  4. Put the crushed ice in the large bag and sprinkle it with the salt
  5. Put the small bag of mixture in the middle, squeeze out the excess air and seal
  6. Wrap the bag in the towel / put your gloves on and shake and squish the bag – make sure that the ice surrounds the mixture
  7. When frozen eat (it should take 5-10 minutes)

Science

Apparently the science behind whilst this work is to do with ice taking in heat energy to melt – so as the ice melts it takes in the heat energy from the creamy mixture and making them colder and freeze. The salt lowers the freezing point of the ice so makes it melt faster and this makes the mixture cool down faster too.

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