You Can Make Butter at Home

Happy Friday! Are you looking for a fun project that you can do with the kids this weekend? How about making your own butter? It’s simple to do and the kids will be quite impressed that they can make butter instead of only buying it at the store. All you need is a glass jar (I used a pint size) and some heavy cream. If you like salted butter, then you’ll need a bit of that too.

Fill your jar no more than half full of the heavy cream.

If you are using salt, add it now. Try maybe 1/4 teaspoon of salt to around 1 cup of heavy cream.

Put the lid on the top and start shaking the jar. Yes, shaking the jar. It’s good to shake it hard but make sure you have a good grip on it!

It will take several minutes so shake for around 2 minutes and then look to see if anything is changing. Then put the lid back on and shake for another couple minutes. The more people you have involved the better as each one can take a turn with the shaking. (My arms got tired doing it all by myself! Haha!) After 6-8 minutes (this can vary depending on how hard you are shaking the jar) you will have what looks like whipped cream. You’re not done yet! Back to shaking! 😉

The next time you look, it might be looking like this picture and your jar will seem to be pretty full. Don’t quit yet! Keep shaking!

Ah ha! The cream is changing even more! Now it looks like you have less in your jar, but really your butter is starting to form and you are making buttermilk.

Keep shaking and the butter will start to collect together and you will have a watery liquid in the jar too. That’s the buttermilk.

Shake hard for another 30 seconds or so. And then open the lid. Now pour the buttermilk into a bowl or glass to save for another use…maybe in making buttermilk pancakes!

You’ve made butter!! 🙂

Put your clump of butter into a medium sized bowl. You may have to use your fingers or a spoon to get it out of the jar.

Get some cold water and pour it over the butter.

Roll the butter around in the water a little to get any remaining buttermilk off of your clump of butter.

Pour this water off and discard it. Continue rinsing the butter until the water remains fairly clear. Now put your butter in a container for storing.

Grab your favorite kind of bread and butter a slice with your homemade butter! Mmmmm! Isn’t that delicious?

Congratulations! You have successfully made your own butter! 🙂 Share some with your family and friends. They will be impressed to learn that you know how to make homemade butter! Enjoy!

Science Experiment With a Balloon

Hello again! Gather around, all you budding scientist! Let’s do a fun experiment today. It’s an experiment that has been around for a long time, but is always fun to show to kids. You’ll need the following items: some vinegar, some baking soda, an empty water bottle, a balloon and a funnel.

The idea of this experiment is to show that you can blow up a balloon by making a chemical reaction. No blowing involved! 😉 Begin by filling the empty water bottle about 1/3 of the way up with the vinegar.

Insert the end of the funnel into the opening of the balloon. You might need to stretch the balloon a bit to get it on.

Put 2-3 spoonsful of baking soda in the funnel and shake it down into the balloon.

When you are finished with that step, remove the balloon from the funnel.

This next step is important. Stretch the opening of the balloon over the opening of the water bottle, BUT make sure to keep the balloon hanging down so that none of the baking soda falls into the bottle! Look at the next picture to help you understand what I mean.

Pull the balloon down over the bottle opening so it is completely sealed by the balloon. After you are sure the balloon is on the bottle, slowly pour the baking soda in the balloon into the bottle. It will begin to fizz – this is the chemical reaction! Your balloon will start to inflate!

As the reaction in the bottle continues to take place, your balloon will grow bigger.

And bigger!

And BIGGER! As you can see, I was afraid to let go of the balloon on the bottle! LOL I could just imagine it coming off and flying all over my kitchen and dining room!

So why did the chemical reaction happen? Well, the baking soda is a base and the vinegar is an acid. When they are combined, the reaction gives off a gas called carbon dioxide. That’s what inflated your balloon. 🙂 After most of the fizzing reaction was over, I did get brave enough to let go of the balloon finally. 😉

I hope you have fun trying this experiment! Congratulations on being a scientist today! 🙂

Welcome to Arm & Hammer Recess!

I received an interesting email today that I thought you might also enjoy. It came from Arm & Hammer, as in Arm & Hammer baking soda.

Hey Parents! Join ARM & HAMMER Recess - Fun for your kids. A Break for you.

Here’s the little blip about Arm & Hammer Recess that you’ll see on their website:

“Looking for clever ways to engage kids AND teach them something new? (Bonus points for low effort, low cost, and fun!) Discover a whole world of Baking Soda-inspired crafts, experiments, and recipes to try with your family. Great for after school, rainy days, or weekends, each activity is kid-friendly and the perfect inspo to get little creators thinking in fun new ways.”

Their website looks like it has a TON of fun things to do so if you’d like to check it out, here’s the website address:

Have fun! 🙂

Amazing M&M’s Candy Rainbow Experiment

This has got to be one of the coolest kids’ experiments that I’ve tried! (Yes, I’m easily impressed!) It’s quite simple to do and doesn’t take much to do it, but it has a lot of WOW factor! Grab a plate that slopes in towards the center a little (plain white is best if you have one), some M&M’s candies or Skittles candies and a some water. Here we go! This is the plate I used:

A few M&M’s…

Line the outside edge of the plate with the candies. I suggest alternating the colors for the best effect.

Slowly pour water into the center of the plate.

Keep pouring the water until the candies are mostly or completely covered.

The magic is beginning to happen…can you see it? Look at the red and orange candies…

Now you can see it, can’t you?! 🙂

Here comes the rainbow!!

You don’t need to touch or move anything. The rainbow happens all by itself!

Almost touching in the middle!

Ta dah!! How cool is that?!

I’m guessing you are hearing a lot of “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” about now! 🙂 It’s a very simple but quite entertaining experiment! Hope you have fun trying it! I know I did! 🙂

Making Water Tattoos

Here is a kid-tested-really-awesome experiment that you’ll have fun trying out with your kids! Making water tattoos is something I had never heard of until last night when 2 of our grandkids sent us some videos of their experiment making them. I’m so glad they shared this experiment with us because it looked so cool that I had to try it myself and now I want to share it with you! Here’s what you need: a white plate or dish, a dry erase marker and some water.

Make sure you have a dry erase marker for this experiment.

Using the dry erase marker, draw some small simple pictures on the plate. The less complicated the better. I drew a heart and a spider.

Pour water very slowly onto the plate and watch your drawings. If it works, they will come loose from the plate and start floating! The heart I drew didn’t work, but the spider did! Notice how its in a different position floating on the water in the following picture.

Isn’t that cool??! 🙂 Now, if you lay the back of your hand on top of the floating picture and press your hand down a bit, when you lift your hand you should have a tattoo on the back of your hand! The spider picture worked for me.

How fun is that?! 🙂 Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time. Dry your plate off and try again. Make sure to pour the water slowly and beside the pictures you drew, not directly on it. Here are 2 videos our grandchildren sent us that show even better how to make water tattoos. 🙂 Thanks, kiddos, for sharing this fun idea with us! 🙂