My 3-year-old and I have been experimenting for a while with making ‘ice cream’ based on yoghurt and fruit. Mashing fruit into yoghurt is ideal cooking for under-5s, after all. And it’s certainly been ice cream weather!
We don’t have an ice cream maker though, and so far any mix that has survived the extensive ‘tasting’ that goes on, and got as far as the freezer, has come out rock solid and full of ice crystals… even if I take it out and stir it during freezing.
Also, how many under-5s do you know who happily agree to waiting a few hours for – well, anything.
So this is the answer! For the ice cream, anyway – I can’t help with the rest of the delayed gratification difficulties, but you could try making ice cream while you wait…
Frozen raspberries or a mix of frozen raspberries and blueberries
Mix the berries into the yoghurt! The more you mix, the pinker the ice cream. The frozen berries semi-freeze the yoghurt and voila… your ‘ice cream’. Eat it quickly before it melts!