When I was in kindergarten, my teacher brought in cream and we all made butter together. I loved it, and butter-making became a Thanksgiving tradition for me–every year I make my own butter and use a cookie cutter to make it into a turkey shape. I’ve also made butter with my own students and their families several times, and I’m always surprised at how many parents don’t know that you can easily make your own butter at home with just a jar and some heavy cream.
There is a bit of work involved, since you need to shake the jar like crazy for a while. It’s easy with a group because you can pass the jar to the next person if you get tired, but I can still get from cream to butter in 15 minutes or less when I’m the only one shaking.
Of course, there is an easier method: pour the cream into a big bowl and beat it with an electric mixer. However, there’s something really nice about doing it the old-fashioned way.