We managed to squeeze in one last PNW homeschool adventure just two days before I left for New Zealand. Kym volunteered to show the kids how to make butter and I couldn’t resist…even with packing and prepping to do.
I did this with my older crew back in 2008. It was part of our Little House on the Prairie unit study.
Ah, those were the days.
The days of diapers, chaos, and massive meals three times a day.
Gallons of oatmeal and stacks and sandwiches…
Kym gave the kids a brief talk about butter and how it is made then we set the kids free with a bit of room temperature cream in quart sized jars.
They loved shaking the jars and seeing the magical transformation! They had a fun Butter Shaking Dance Party.
It was only a matter of minutes before the thick cream became thick, clumpy butter swimming in milk.
Kym separated the milk from the buttermilk and invited the children to try both.
Shockingly, Apollo asked to try the buttermilk.
And didn’t even die.
Joey is going through a stage of sticking out his tongue every time he concentrates on something. It is the cutest thing!
Kym had fresh muffins and scones available and the children were not the least bit shy in spreading thick piles of creamy butter on their food.
This was such a fun day of learning and I am missing our little homeschool group already.
Resources to extend learning:
Wellness Mama has a great page of resources on how to make butter.
Doctor Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book is a fun classic!
Salty Baking Addiction has an easy recipe for honey butter that would be fun to make with kids.
The Spruce has a simple garlic butter recipe with several delicious variations.