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Making Butter Science Experiment with FREE Worksheet

Looking for a fun, practical kitchen science experiment? Your kids are going to love making homemade butter with this making butter science experiment. Try this butter in a jar experiment for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. Kids will have fun learning about the science behind this science project. Plus don’t forget to grab the free making butter experiment worksheet to add to your learning!

Looking for a fun, practical kitchen science experiment? Your kids are going to love making homemade butter with this making butter science experiment. Try this butter in a jar experiment for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. Kids will have fun learning about the science behind this science project. Plus don't forget to grab the free making butter experiment worksheet to add to your learning!

Making Butter Science Experiment

Science is everywhere. I say it all the time, because it is true. One of the best places in your home to find science in action is your kitchen. Cooking and baking requires chemistry. Eating and digestion requires biology. It’s all science! This Making Butter Science Experiment is a fun science project and activity for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students.

Many of the foods we eat are created by using principles of chemistry. Butter is one of them. Butter is created from cream. Cream is basically milk with a high fat content. When cream is agitated with a churn, or shaken in a jar, the fat starts to glob together and separate itself from the liquid. This glob of fat is butter and the liquid is called buttermilk. Let’s learn how to make butter and then we’ll take a closer look at the science behind it.

Making butter experiment worksheet

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >>_____<<. The science worksheet pdf file will open in a new window for you to save your freebie.

heavy cream and jar is all you need to make butter in a jar

Butter in a jar experiment

To make a small amount of butter, you really only need two things –

  • heavy cream
  • clean mason jar with a lid.

Fill your jar half full and tightly replace the lid. Now, you are ready to shake!

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Making Butter Experiment

Now it’s time to shake and shake and shake!

shake and shake and shake the heavy whipping cream

Butter experiment

And shake some more shaking =)

a ball should begin to form in the heavy whipping cream

Butter science experiment

Stop every once in a while to check the progress. You should start to see a little ball forming. When it seems to stop growing and the liquid looks thin, you are done! Note how long this process takes.

separate the butter from the homemade buttermilk

How to make butter science experiment

Take the butter out of the jar. The remaining liquid is buttermilk. You can save the buttermilk in the refrigerator for a recipe if you would like.

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Science of Making Butter

You can spread the newly made butter on crackers or bread to have a taste. Does it taste like the butter you buy from the store? Regular butter has added salt. So your butter might taste a little different unless you use unsalted butter in your home. Refrigerate any leftover butter.

homemade butter science project

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As I said before, butter is created when the fat in cream starts to stick together. You might be asking, “What keeps the fat from sticking together all the time?” Small amounts of fat cells in cream and milk are held together by a tight membrane. Under normal conditions, these membranes keep fat cells from grouping together to form large globs.

When the cream is agitated by the shaking of the jar, the fat cells bump against each other and the membranes burst. This frees the fat cells to clump together to form large globs and finally a large clump of butter.

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With 2 simple ingredients you have in your kitchen you can quickly and easily make your own plastic milk! Kids are going to be super impressed with this fun, hands-on Milk Plastic project! With this very simple science experimentfor kids, you can turn milk into plastic! This milk and vinegar experiment is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too .Simply print pdf file with milk and vinegar experiment worksheet and you are ready to start this fun science experiment with milk! Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos! WOW your kids with this Watermelon Volcano! This summer activity for kids is a great way to sneak in a science experient. Kids are going to love this crazy cool bouncy egg experimert! Children will be amazed by this egg experiment where they will literally dissolve the shell of a raw egg to create a bouncy egg. This bouncy egg vinegar project is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. Plus our version of this egg in vinegar experiment has a fun, colorful twist!

Food science experiments for kids

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