Summertime is almost here, which means it’s the perfect time to learn about ocean animals! From jellyfish to sharks, there are so many fun ways to learn about the ocean and all the different animals that live inside it.
While educational activities are a common way to teach your kids about the ocean, creating cute snacks can also be effective. That’s why I love these delicious ocean water floats!
Incorporating sweet treats into your lesson plan is a great way to get your kids excited about learning. And if you’re looking for an easy treat to incorporate into your ocean animals unit study, these ocean water floats are perfect!
They look just like the sparkling blue water of the ocean, incorporate plenty of tropical flavors, and are so easy to make, your kids can even help!
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The first step to making these delicious floats is to make your own ocean water. For that fizzy drink, you’ll need some lemon-lime soda, water, sugar, coconut extract, and blue food coloring.
Start by making a syrup with the water and sugar. Mixing equal parts water and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl, heat the ingredients for 30 seconds on high heat.
Allow the syrup to cool for a few minutes, then mix in your coconut extract. If coconut extract isn’t available, imitation coconut flavoring will also do the trick. Either way, you’ll add a yummy tropical flavor to your floats!
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The next step will be fun for the kids – adding the food coloring. A little bit of food coloring goes a long way when using it in a liquid, so just a couple of drops will create a beautiful ocean blue color in your ocean water floats.
After all the ingredients are mixed well, pour the blue syrup into your lemon-lime soda and stir to mix everything together.
Now, you could stop here and have a simple, refreshing beverage for your ocean animals unit study. Simply pour the ocean water recipe over ice and take a sip!
But taking the drink up a notch will really get your kids into their homeschool lesson – and help them cool off on hot days. So, set the soda aside for a second and grab some ice cream.
Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a small cup for each of your students.
Then, slowly pour the soda over the top of the icing. Don’t pour too fast or the ice cream will cause the soda to fizz and overflow!
To really make this ocean animal drink even more fun, decorate it with some sprinkles. And don’t forget to place a cherry on top to complete the dessert!
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Once you make this red white blue ice cream float, your kids are going to want even more fun and creative drink recipes!
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- Octopus Rice Krispie Treat
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- This Mermaid Inspired Cheesecake can create a little whimsy!
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- Blue food coloring
- 24 ounces lemon lime soda
- 1 package vanilla ice cream
To Make the Ocean Water:
- Combine the water and sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir to form a syrup. Add the coconut extract and stir to combine. Set aside to cool.
- After the syrup has cooled, add three drops of blue food coloring. Mix the food coloring into the syrup and pour into the lemon lime soda. Stir to combine.
To Make the Floats:
- Scoop two scoops of ice cream in a small cup. Pour the ocean water over the top of the ice cream.
- Serve immediately.
Don’t pour too fast or the ice cream will cause the soda to fizz and overflow!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 29mg Sodium: 92mg Carbohydrates: 73g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 71g Protein: 3g