Butter Up

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In this activity, learners will discover how to make butter from scratch. One optional tips includes adding marbles to speed up the process. Learners will explore chemistry, culinary arts and persistence through this activity. Activity incudes step by step instructions with pictures, vocab words and definitions to use, fun facts related to the activity and ways to change it up extend the activity. This activity requires cream.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A glass jar with a lid
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Marbles (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • States of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Physical Activity


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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