We are having Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year and I wanted to have a couple activities for the kids to do.
While we were there making our butter at the library, one of the other kids was shaking too vigorously and broke his baby food jar, but the librarian said he was the first one to do that all day. So I guess I’m not recommending a glass jar, but it’s what we’ll be using. I think using the wooden ball will help in the jar not breaking.
Please note: This butter is not quite the real thing yet. It’s fun and yummy though! I am posting this for a fun family activity to do. All the kids who participated in this thought it was fun and really neat that we all ate their “butter”. I am not a butter-making expert but we had a good time making this.
You’ll need to have a plastic or glass jar, plus a marble or small wooden bead (mine was 16 mm). I couldn’t find any marbles in my town, but I did have some wooden beads that I bought for another project that worked great.
All you have to do is pour some cream into the jar about 1/3 of the way full, add a shake or two of salt if desired, and place the marble or wooden bead into your jar.
Then replace the lid tightly and shake shake shake!!! Shake it until the bead or marble stops to move around. It took me about 5 minutes. It really doesn’t take long, but when my now 5 year old was just 4 last year, he did get a little tired of it but we just took turns…
Yum yum! Remove the marble or bead, and label the jar. I’m excited that we’ll be having homemade butter for our Thanksgiving dinner, made by the kiddos! You can chill it in the fridge before serving if you want it a little harder. Store leftovers in the fridge as well.
I made some labels to put on the jars and set out on the table to be cuter than a baby food jar :). Just glue or tape the label on. You can add some burlap for a layering effect (I didn’t have any) and tie some twine around it. I made the labels so you could read the homemade butter part on both sides of the baby food jar.
You can download the homemade butter labels here. I printed mine onto colored speckled paper.
For our other activity, I used something that my son brought home from school called Roll-a-Turkey. The paper he brought home was from here on littlegiraffes.com. Though still very cute, I thought maybe it could use a little update, so I redesigned it for our Thanksgiving dinner next week and will just print them out for all the kids to play while the dinner is prepared.
Click here for the color version:
Click here for the black and white version:
Hopefully those two activities will find their way to someone who can use them next week!________________________________________________________________________
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