Learning about nutrition is important, especially when children are young. Hands-on activities stick with them for a lifetime, but it can be tricky cooking with a class of eager learners. Making butter by hand is a simple activity that requires only one ingredient – heavy cream!
The teacher should ask students if they are familiar with heavy cream, and explain that it is very similar to milk. Encourage students to smell the cream and observe it before beginning. Ask them what they think will happen when they shake it for one minute? Two?
As the students shake the container, they will feel it turning into thick whipped cream. Tell them to keep shaking! After just another minute, the cream will pull away from the sides of the jar and form a solid ball. If, when the jar is opened, the cream has a cottage cheese texture, go ahead and shake it just a little bit longer. It takes a few minutes to form a pat of butter with an extra pool of buttermilk. Just pour the buttermilk off, and voila! Beautiful, creamy butter! A dash of salt can be added before storing it in the refrigerator. Enjoy the creamy treat on muffins, crackers, or bread.
Looking for more cooking experiences to have with students? Try this fun popcorn activity – and don’t forget to add the butter!
And here’s an entire 10 day unit on Nutrition! Just print and teach!