Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Today for our Art project we made butter. The boys loved it because it involved lots of shaking. In an era where everything comes from the store, kids are really facinated to see how things are made. Isaac and Jonah enjoyed the butter-milk as an added treat.

I'm really happy that Isaac's curriculm included a book for Art projects. This book is full of fun things that go way beyond construction paper, scissors and glue. I would of never thought about making butter! Posted by Picasa


Blogger Genevieve said...

sounds cool - did it taste good?

12:58 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Actually, I haven't tasted it yet. We didn't add salt, so i'm not sure if that will affect it or not. It smells just like store butter though :D

1:01 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Awesome! I remember making butter in school too, it was so much fun. We used an old fashion butter churn. Gives good muscle tone. It would be fun to make butter at home. My kids love to shake things up too! :D

2:30 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Amie, I've been a lurker for awhile and wanted to come out of hiding. I love reading about your boys and admire you for homeschooling. I did it for 2 years with just 1 girl and well boy do I admire you! I also love your sewing blog as I'm trying to sew more and more these days.

Anyway...I was thinking about your how to make science and history interesting question and this little "art" project is one of the many things I did with my daughter.

History- you can cover how butter used to be made back in the olden days, how they had to store it, how they had actually milk the cows, ect....

And for Science it's a great science experiment as it shows how you can turn a liquid into a solid by simply shaking and then have the boys think of other examples...water/ice cubes, milk/ice cream, ect..

Just a few I love the butter making because it was entertaining for at least 20 minutes while she was shaking the jar. :)

3:20 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Hi Anna, Thanks for commenting :D We did talk about how they used to make butter, that it comes from milk, and how it was usually the children's job to stir it. There was even a little song that kids used to sing while stirring.

Unfortunately, I didn't think about tying science in.

4:44 PM  
Blogger andria said...

Can you tell me again what curriculum that was? Sounds great. I am seriously leaning toward homeschooling first grade next year, but would love some cool projects like that to fill our afternoons now.

One of my earliest memories was making butter in preschool with a churn. I remember nothing else about preschool. My mom says I begged to buy a churn and told her I would make butter every day so she would never have to buy it again. I know your boys will remember that too.

5:47 PM  
Blogger mommaobrienx7 said...

What a neat project! I admire you and your homeschooling. I always wanted to homeschool. My husband and I didn't see eye to eye on it though and I didn't feel as though I could do it without his full support. I tried to sway him though. To teach your children, that is such an honor and I believe it is so important to do it if you can in this day and age. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Sounds like fun! I made butter when I was a kid...ON ROMPER ROOM! Anyone remember that show? I was only maybe 5 but I remember we made homemade butter and then got to eat it on crackers. I thought it was great.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Princess Ruby said...

We made homeade butter last year and the kids just loved it. We also made homeade ice cream. I love the fact that our kids are doing things they wouldn't 'normally' do in school- like making butter! Our butter tasted like real butter! We ate it right up!

3:20 PM  

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