STEAM Activity, STEM Activity: Make Homemade Butter

What Kids Learn From This STEAM Activity

In the Make Homemade Butter STEAM activity, kids learn how to turn cream into butter through a simple process of shaking or mixing. This hands-on experience helps them understand the science of emulsion, where fat molecules come together and separate from the liquid in cream to create butter. They also gain insights into the physical changes that occur when you agitate a mixture, leading to a tasty and educational outcome that connects science and food in a fun and engaging way.

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What We Need For This STEAM Activity

 

STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Make Homemade Butter Materials
STEAM Activity, STEM Activity – Make Homemade Butter Materials
  • Whipping creme
  • Jar with a lid such as a mason jar
  • 2 Bowls
  • 1 Spoon

 

How to Do the STEAM Activity Making Butter

 

 

  1. Pour whipping cream into a clean, airtight container and seal the container tightly.
  2. Shake the container vigorously for about 15-18 minutes.

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Make Homemade Butter - Shake The Jar
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Make Homemade Butter – Shake The Jar
  3. After a while, you’ll hear the sound of liquid sloshing inside (buttermilk).
  4. Continue shaking until you see solid butter forming.
  5. Once the butter is fully formed, strain out the buttermilk.

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Make Homemade Butter - Separate The Butter From Buttermilk
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Make Homemade Butter – Separate Butter From Buttermilk
  6. Pat the butter dry with a paper towel or a clean cloth.
  7. Your homemade butter is ready to use or store in the refrigerator. Butter hardens in the fridge.

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Make Homemade Butter - You Made Homemade Butter
    Make Homemade Butter – You Made Homemade Butter

 

STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Make Homemade Butter - Butter Hardens In The Fridge
Make Homemade Butter – Butter Hardens In The Fridge

 

STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Make Homemade Butter - You can eat your butter with a toast
Make Homemade Butter – You can enjoy your butter with a toast!

 

Variations & Challenges

  • Flavored Butter: Add herbs, spices, honey, or other seasonings to the whipping cream before shaking to create flavored butter.
  • Sweet Butter: Mix in sugar and vanilla for a sweet butter spread.

 

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Author

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle has been an entrepreneur for last 22 years in retail and educational industry. She is also a mom to a child in elementary school. She believes that when kids are curious and use their imagination, amazing things can happen. She is particularly interested in STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). She believes when children are encouraged to develop STEAM skills from a young age, they gain valuable tools to tackle future challenges in a creative, imaginative, and innovative manner. She enjoys researching STEAM and craft activities, plays, toys and resources and share with parents.

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