Want to learn how to make butter? It’s so simple and easy to do. This homemade churn butter activity is a classic idea for making butter in the classroom or at home. Making homemade butter is a fun learning activity for kids of all ages. Homemade butter is budget-friendly and only requires 2-3 ingredients and no special equipment. Learning how to make butter is a fun life skill to learn whether you’re at home or in the classroom.

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Learn how to make butter to put it on all your favorite foods like toast!

Learn How How to Make Homemade Butter

Learn how to make butter at home in just a few minutes with cream, a jar, 2 marbles and some “muscle”.

Recently we made homemade butter. It was so easy to do, and the results were delicious! If you’ve never made butter from scratch, this is an experiment you have to try at home or in the classroom with your kids and students!  

You won’t believe how fast and easy it is to turn a cup of cream into a batch of fresh and tasty homemade butter!

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Related: You know what else uses butter? Cookies!

Supplies Needed To Make Churn Butter

Directions On How To Make Butter

Step 1

We started by filling the jar about 3/4 full of cream.

Step 2

We added two marbles to help with mixing and put the lid on. I double checked to make sure that the lid was on REALLY tight.

Step 3

Step 3 - How to Make Butter- shake the butter in a mason jar
Shake the heavy cream in the jar!

Then we put on some fun music and we danced around while we shook the jar. It doesn’t really matter how you shake or how hard you shake them, but you need to keep things moving.


It’s best to do this with two people so you can trade off and let your arm rest. After 5 minutes, we had a nice whipped topping.

Step 4

When the cream goes silent, keep shaking. It won’t feel like anything is happening, but your butter still needs a lot more work.

Step 5

Shake until the butter forms together and sticks and moves off of one side to another. There should be buttermilk in your jar and the butter should look smooth, not grainy.

How to Make Butter- whipped topping in a mason jar
After a while you’ll have whipped topping. Keep shaking!

Step 6

Once the butter is done, fill a bowl with ice water.

Step 7

Pour out or save the buttermilk for later. Take the butter, and pat it into a ball and drop it in the water.

Step 8

Do this 3 times until most of the buttermilk has been washed out. This is also the time you would add salt or any other flavorings.

Our Experience With Learning How To Make Butter

I talked a little bit about how butter is made. I explained that basically cream is full of little fat globules but they are all scattered through the liquid. Once the mixing starts, those fat globules find each other and they start to stick together. As they stick together, the cream separates into 2 parts – the fat globules (butter) and the liquid (buttermilk).

How to Make Butter - The butter will start forming and it'll look grainy! Keep shaking and the butter form together.
The butter will start forming and it’ll look grainy! Keep shaking and the butter form together.

As more and more fat globules stick together, a lump of butter begins to form in a pool of buttermilk.

After about 10 minutes of shaking and dancing, we could hear a distinct “thud” as a ball of butter had formed in the jar.

How to Make Butter - Finally the butter will come together! The liquid is buttermilk.
Finally the butter will come together! The liquid is buttermilk.

We drained off our liquid and were left with a beautiful batch of fresh, homemade butter. It’s a good idea to rinse the butter under cold water, kind of kneading it with your fingers to remove all of that buttermilk.

Our fresh, butter tasted delicious as it was, but you could add a pinch of salt to it if you’d like.

It’s so yummy on toast as an after school snack and it’s a great learning activity to do with your kids. Try it at home or in the classroom, or even while camping or traveling.

Learning How To MakE Butter at Home with Kids

All we used was a clean jar (the Ball Jars are perfect for this), glass marbles, heavy whipping cream, music, and man-power.

If you have multiple children, they can always trade off when their arms get tired! That way the process of making butter can be sped up and everyone can learn how to make butter!

How to Make Butter - Nothing beats fresh butter on hot toast!
Nothing beats fresh butter on hot toast!

What To Use Your Homemade Butter For?

Homemade butter can be used for anything you would use regular butter! To me it actually tastes better because you still get hints of buttermilk, which is delicious!

You can put it on toast like we did, cook with it, flavor it (we like salted butter), use it for a butter board, turn it into compound butter! There are so many things to do with it!

How To Make Butter

homemade butter on toast

Learn how to make butter the easy way! Who knew churning butter could be so fun, and it's a great life skill to learn! Plus... it tastes so good!


  • Heavy Cream
  • Mason Jar
  • Marbles


  1. Fill the mason jar with 3/4 heavy cream.
  2. Put the lid on tightly and shake vigorously.
  3. Keep shaking even the the heavy cream goes quiet. It's heavy whipping cream. Keep shaking the cream.
  4. Shake until the butter begins to form. It'll look grainy at first. Keep shaking.
  5. Once the butter is done, the butter will be together and there will be buttermilk in the jar.
  6. Fill a bowl with ice water and rinse your butter off.
  7. Do this three times until most of the buttermilk is rinsed off.
  8. Keep in an airtight container.


If you want flavored butter, flavor it after step 7.

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How did your homemade butter turn out? Did your kids like learning how to make butter?

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  1. What a great idea! I remember my kids did this in preschool science class right before Thanksgiving – each child got to take home a little baby food jar of butter. Now that I’m the preschool science teacher, I’d like to do that with my students, too — just not sure I’m allowed to — so many regulations now (sigh!). But I’ll check it out. If we’re not allowed to do it in class, I’ll add it to my pre-Thanksgiving newsletter as a suggested family activity. I’d love to do with this with my own extended family on Thanksgiving Day – have everybody take part in making butter for the feast!

    Thanks for the inspiration, and the great fat globule party explanation!

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