Kids Making Homemade Butter – Cooking with Kids Recipe

Kids Making Homemade Butter - by Little Spoons and SpiceWhen I told the kids we were going to make butter, I got that confused, tilted head look. “You can’t make butter”, they said. “We have to get it from the store, silly”. I was a little disappointed (and I’m sure Bryan would’ve been even more disappointed, having grown up as a 5th generation dairy farm kid), but they’re only 4 and 5 years old.

I love these types of activities, because they teach kids that they can make just about anything.  I think it’s important that kids understand where their food comes from and how it’s made, so this was a great lesson.  The best part… making butter is pretty darn easy and a lot of fun for kids.

Once we got started, all four of our kiddos were joining in the fun.  I mean, what kiddo doesn’t love to shake things?  It doesn’t matter what their age or cognitive ability, shaking something new is always fun!

I would recommend starting with one, small, non-breakable container that all your kids can share. They may need to shake it for up to 10 minutes, so their little arms will probably get tired.  I found that it works well if each of them shakes for 1 minute than passes it to the next, kind of like a little game.  If they’re exhausted before reaching the whipped butter consistency, you can finish it off with an electric hand mixer.

OK, let’s get started.  Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Container with tight sealing lid (double check the seal before shaking)


Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Homemade Butter.

Younger than 3 years old

  • Name ingredient(s) with child
  • Shake cream in sealed container

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Add ingredient(s) to container

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

Kids Making Homemade Butter - by Little Spoons and Spice


  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Kid’s Making Homemade Butter

Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • Heavy Cream
  • Salt optional


  • Find a small non-breakable tight sealing container with lid.
  • Add heavy cream to container and salt if desired.
  • Shake! Shake! Shake! This can take up to 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Tip 1: Start with a small amount of heavy cream. This will require less shaking and keep the kids interested.
Tip 2: If you and the kids are tired of shaking, just finish off with an electric hand mixer. This will help you reach the consistency faster.

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