Butter Up!
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Activities Grab Bag
A stick of butter was unheard of back in Colonial Days, but they did have butter. At Claude Moore Colonial Farm, kids or the woman of the house would have churned milk into butter. At George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, women, most of whom were slaves, were in charge of making the butter.
This activity teaches you how to churn butter like the farm hands of old did.


1. Put marbles in a jar.
2. Pour the cream into the jar until it's three-quarters full.
3. Add a pinch of salt.
4. Screw the lid tightly on the jar.
5. Shake the jar. If you get tired, pass it to a friend to shake.
6. Shake it some more!
7. After a while you will notice that pale butter has formed in the jar.
8. Pour out the liquid that formed on top of the butter.
9. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the butter out of the jar and into a bowl.
10. Enjoy bread with your homemade butter spread on top!


If your family was a little impatient waiting for the butter to form, you're not alone. Here's a little rhyme kids used to chant while churning:

Come butter come.
Come butter come.
Peter standing at the gate.
Waiting for a butter cake.
Come butter come.

Supplies & Materials

You'll need:
1. A jar with a tight-fitting lid
2. An 8-ounce carton of heavy or whipping cream, not sweetened
3. A bit of salt (optional)
4. three or four clean and dry marbles
5. Muscle power and patience

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Best Audience

Age: Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs)
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Cognitive Level: 1-3 Grade, 4-6 Grade
Activity Level: High
Attention Span: High
When to do it: After Your Trip