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Do something different this weekend NOTHING signifies summer more than ice-cream. Get your kids in the holiday mood, whatever the weather, by indulging in some ice-cream crafts, and maybe a spot of homemade ice cream making too.

Ice-cream placemat You will need Stiff paper or cardboard Coloured paper Glue Crayons or felt tips Scissors Sticky see-through paper Method Cut an ice-cream cone or bowl shape with some coloured paper and stick it to the cardboard. Pick two or three colours for your ice-cream. Draw and cut scoop shapes and stick on top of the cone or bowl. Once you have created the ice-cream (you could also put a message on it), laminate it with the clear contact paper.

Ice-cream cone craft You will need Cardboard or stiff coloured paper Paints Stickers Cotton Wool Method Cut the shape of a cone and stick it on to some paper. Use the paint to create the ice-cream. You could use your fingers, a brush or even old carrots and potatoes. Or, if your children fancy a nice fluffy ice-cream, simply use the cotton wool to make the shape of the ice cream. Stick some glitter or stickers on to decorate the ice-cream.

Berry homemade ice-cream You will need 150ml fruit puree, made from frozen pack of forest fruits, thawed 400g carton of fresh custard 400g fromage frais Method Mash the thawed fruits with a fork until they form a puree.

Pour the yoghurt and the fromage frais into a mixing bowl. Stir in the fruit puree using a spatula. Pour the mixture into a plastic box (like an old ice cream tub). Cover and freeze for one hour.

Stir the frozen mixture and return to the freezer for another hour. Repeat until the mixture is frozen. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

Ice-cream in a bag Impress the kids by making ice-cream without the need for a freezer!

You will need 250ml single cream 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 tablespoons chopped fresh strawberries 4 scoops ice cubes 4 tablespoons coarse salt Method Combine the cream, sugar, vanilla and strawberries in a litre size resealable plastic bag. Press the air out of the bag, seal and shake bag to combine contents. Place the bag into a larger sized resealable plastic bag. Add the ice and salt to the larger bag, press the air out, and seal bag.

Wrap bags in a tea towel. Shake continuously, until the contents of the small bag thicken into soft ice-cream, five to 10 minutes.

Rinse the small bag quickly under cold water to wash off salt. Lay the ice-cream filled bag on a flat surface. Use a wooden spoon handle to push the ice cream down to the bottom corner of the bag. Snip off the corner, and squeeze ice-cream into a bowl.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 7, 2012
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