Fruit Ice Cream

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With just-picked fresh fruit from a recent pick-your-own-berries excursion, we made fruit ice cream! Any fresh berry would work well here, and we tried both blueberries and strawberries.

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For the blueberry version, we mixed the berries with a store-bought blueberry yogurt, but this sort of spoiled the fresh berry taste.

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Instead, we preferred this strawberry version:

In a blender, combine 2/3 cup fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar (we used coconut sugar), and 1 and 1/3 cups plain non-dairy yogurt.

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Blend until smooth. Spoon into a dish and freeze for 2 hours.

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Serve in ice cream cones for added fun!

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Salt Water vs. Fresh Water

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With so much time spent at the beach over the summer, the topic of salt water is bound to come up – that big ocean contains so much water, but it’s no good for drinking! Here’s a neat way to explore some of the different properties of salt versus fresh water at home.

First, pour a generous amount of salt into a cup of water, and stir to dissolve. Pour a second cup full of fresh water.

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Next, we added ice cubes to each.

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Finally, we mixed up a batch of red food coloring; a dark color is best here, so you can fully see the results.

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Slowly pour the food coloring into the top of each glass. Your child will see that it sinks in the fresh water, but stays on top of the salt water.

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A quick and easy early lesson on density!

Travis had fun playing with leftover colored water and ice cubes for some time, making this activity a big hit.

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