Butter is a staple at our house and since it is so easy to make and fun to shake together, that is a perfect activity for Mr. T. Toddlers, Preschoolers and even Elementary ages will enjoy this simple but yummy activity!
We started with a recycled apple sauce jar with a tight-fitting lid, and a small container of regular whipping cream. (Normally we would use organic, but I wasn’t sure how much of this would actually end up in the container.)
What you need for a Butter Making Activity Tray:
- whipping cream
- small glass jar with a snug lid
- Salt (optional)
- container for butter and butter milk
- an easy to clean tray
- a sponge or cloth to wipe up any spills
- crackers or cookies for your butter
Surprise! T didn’t spill a drop and loved pouring from the small container. Now it is time to shake. You can add a sterilized glass marble to help with the agitation, but Mr. T still puts everything in his mouth, therefore we don’t own glass marbles 🙂 Now, shake it up!
Once you have shaken it until it goes from liquid to cream to liquid and solid, you are ready to take it out!
We are learning to use napkins and real utensils so Mr. T got his toddler table knife, butter drizzled with agave, and his favorite graham cracker cookies from Archer Farms and went to town!
He’s such a big boy! He did a great job spreading with his knife!
Cool fact: Grass fed cattle produce white milk and cream, but yellow butter. Because there is beta carotene (the stuff that makes carrots orange) in grass and it sticks to the fat molecules in the cream, when the soilds (the fats) separated from the liquids it is naturally a beautiful shade of yellow.
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