Children at my preschool loved making butter. Even better was to spread it on a fresh piece of bread and eat it for snack. All you need is heavy cream, a pinch of salt and a clean jar. You will often see a mason jar recommended for making butter, but I prefer the tall narrow jars that some kinds of jam come in. Much easier for little hands to hold. Fill the jar(s) half full of cream, add a pinch of salt, make sure the lid is tight and shake. You will need to shake for several minutes. When the butter has formed, pour off the buttermilk, and your butter is ready to use.

With a group of children it works well to have several jars going round the circle. Young hands get tired very quickly! This way, they get to shake, pass the jar on and have a short wait for the next jar to come around.

This little song I composed can help to keep the shake time appropriate and also keep the jars moving round the circle. If you use just one jar you can sing “now pass it on to _____” inserting a name instead of “now pass it on again.”



Oh shake it, friend, oh shake it, friend,

Shake it very well,

Shake it, shake it, shake it, friend,

Now count right up to ten.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Now pass it on again.