Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Making of Butter. . .

Last week Joshua's class studied farms. It was all leading up to their end of the week field trip to a pumpkin patch located on a farm way out in the country! As part of their study of farms, they learned how to make butter!!! I was so excited for two reasons when I found out that Joshua's class was going to be making butter! #1 I always love an excuse to get a babysitter and come hang out at Joshua's school and be a part of my big boy's school life! #2 I have never made butter and couldn't wait to learn how!

It was so much fun! First, Joshua's teacher explained to the children the steps they would take in order to make butter. Then, she taught them a little song to sing while they made butter. . .


One of the other mother's helped by pouring cream into the children's baby food jars. . .


Then, the kiddos added their salt, and began to shake and shake and shake. . .


and shake and shake and shake until their arms were very, very, very tired. . .



Slowly a ball of butter began to form. In the middle of the process, it looked like this. . .



After still more shaking, the majority of the liquid was gone and only a ball of butter was left! At this point the children came up to one of the mothers, and she poured off the little bit of liquid left. . .


And, there you have it. . . butter!!! Joshua's teacher was busy making biscuits in the classroom's mini oven. . .


The children thoroughly enjoyed buttering their own biscuits. . .


and eating them!!!!

I think they were thoroughly surprised when their butter tasted as good (or better) than the butter from the grocery store!!! One little girl told her mother that they need not buy butter anymore!!! She was going to make it from now on!!!!! I'm not sure how long that one will last!!!!

One of Joshua's classmate's grandmothers came and talked to the class about growing up on a farm. She had pictures and a spoon like utensil they used to use to make butter with for the children to see.

Joshua's teacher loves to sing! They sing so much in class that they have a songbook. She asked the class to pull out their songbook, and they sang several farm related songs for us. . .


And, now I will end with a buddy picture. . .

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