Making Butter with Children

Making Butter with Children

This week we decided to try a old science favourite:

making butter with children.

The boys were not quite convinced when I told them that we were going to make butter. Lots of ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ being asked when I first came up with the idea.  However, they were soon very excited to get started.

So, I headed off to the fridge to collect some cream, only to realise we didn’t have any – doh!

Unfortunately, we then had to revert back to the other favourite experiment, making volcanos! Which I will come to in a future blog post.

I had completely forgot about it the next day, until I picked the kids up from school.  The first thing they asked was if we could go and get cream.  So, we did just that!

Here is how it went…… (p.s. top tip if you are making butter with children, get them to do all the hard work!)


Making Butter with Children

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 tub Heavy Cream
  • 1 Jar


  1. Pour the tub of heavy cream into a large glass jar.

  2. Get your shake on…. take turns in shaking the jar. Shake until your arms feel like they are going to fall off then pass to the next person.

  3. After 10 minutes, the cream will turn into a fabulous sold chunk of butter. We opened the jar a few times to let the boys see the change in consistency.


  4. Either use as butter on toast. Or go for the L technique, toasted waffles, butter and honey. I am told that is the best!

We are making butter with children on the blog today!

This was an incredibly simple and fun thing to do.  The kids loved it and kept asking if it was magic that it was turning into butter.

Why not try it out at home?  Let me know in the comments how it went.

We have been making butter with the kids this week. Why not try it out with your children! It is a great family activity.



  1. 1st March 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Reading the comments from other people makes me feel better, I’m not the only one who didn’t realise it was this simple to make butter! I think we might need to give this a go soon! x #KCACOLA

  2. Sinéad (
    27th February 2017 / 1:51 pm

    I can safely say I’ve never made butter but what a nice activity to do with the kids. So simple. Love your blog btw! 🙂 #kcacols

  3. 27th February 2017 / 1:38 am

    Ooh I forgot about this! I remember doing it and loving it at infant school! #AnythingGoes

  4. 25th February 2017 / 11:55 pm

    I remember making butter at school but I couldn’t remember what it was made of exactly. I think this is a great idea, plus the more tired my children get in the arms, the less likely they are to fight! Bonus!!! 🙂

  5. 25th February 2017 / 10:34 pm

    What a wonderful and simple activity, definitely going to give this a go! Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

  6. makinghermama
    25th February 2017 / 5:24 am

    Super fun!!
    How we
    Forget to do the simplest and easiest
    If things!’ Definitely trying
    This with
    My boys!!’ #KCACOLS

  7. 22nd February 2017 / 10:54 am

    What a fab little idea! Might have to try this! #MarvMondays

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