As temperatures rise, students will be eager to spend more time outside. And nothing beats a frozen treat on a hot summer day! The following snacks are easy to make and they’re sure to keep students cool during the dog days of summer:

Note: Before serving any snacks, be sure to review whether students have any known allergies. Avoid serving any foods that can cause them to have an allergic reaction.

1. Yogurt Sundae Squares

Need a cool and healthy treat for the those long summer days? This simple dessert is packed with fruit and topped with chocolate sprinkles to make for an equally healthy and tasty snack for students!


  • Frozen yogurt
  • Sliced bananas
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  1. Spread a layer of frozen yogurt in the bottom of an ice cube tray.
  2. Place sliced bananas and strawberries over the yogurt.
  3. Top with another layer of frozen yogurt.
  4. Sprinkle with chocolate, and refreeze.
  5. When frozen, cut into squares for a scrumptious dessert!

2. Watermelon Popsicles

On a hot summer’s day, cool down with this refreshing treat! This snack is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.


  • Whole watermelon
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Plastic wrap
  • Knife (to slice the watermelon)


  1. Slice a watermelon into 1-inch thick slices.
  2. Next, cut the slices into rectangle or pie shapes and insert a popsicle stick through the rind.
  3. Wrap each popsicle in plastic wrap and freeze for about three hours until firm.
  4. Once frozen, unwrap the popsicles and enjoy a cool and delicious treat!

3. Coffee Can Ice Cream

No one can resist ice cream, especially in the summer! And students will have fun making their own ice cream using tin cans and a few ingredients.


  • 2 clean coffee cans (regular and large) with plastic lids
  • 1 pint of cream or Half-and-Half
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Crushed ice
  • Rock salt


  1. Mix the cream or half-and-half, sugar and vanilla in the smaller coffee can.
  2. Place the lid on the can.
  3. Put about one inch of crushed ice in the bottom of the large can and cover it with one tablespoon of rock salt.
  4. Place the small can on top of the layer of ice and salt.
  5. Pack about 6 cups of ice around the remaining space in the large can, alternating layers of ice and rock salt (about 12 Tbsps.).
  6. When filled, put the lid on the large can.
  7. Roll the can back and forth on a flat, hard surface for 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the smaller can and take off the lid.
  9. If the ice cream is too soft, repack the cans with fresh ice and salt and roll the can a few minutes longer until the ice cream becomes firmer.
  10. Once done, serve up a scoop of the freshly made ice cream to your students!

4. Frozen Pudding-Grahams

This refreshing snack puts a twist on the classic ice cream sandwich by using graham crackers. It’s creamy and delicious and sure to be a favorite among your students!


  • 1 ½ cups cold milk
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 package (4 servings) instant chocolate pudding
  • 24 graham crackers
  • Electric mixer


  1. Blend peanut butter and milk in a bowl.
  2. Add pudding mix and beat on lowest speed for about two minutes. Let pudding stand for about five minutes.
  3. Spread filling about ½ thick on twelve crackers.
  4. Top with remaining crackers, pressing lightly and smoothing sides with a spatula.
  5. Stick them in the freezer for about three hours.
  6. Once frozen, share your delectable treats with students!

Find these snacks and other recipes in Summer Sizzlers & Magic Mondays.