Tools of the Trade, a Virtual Homeschooler Days Program

Learn about the tools and technologies used on a farm and how they have evolved over time. We’ll look at artifacts from our collections and compare them to modern-day tools found in our own homes and surroundings. Students will learn how simple machines can make a job easier and see how butter making technology has changed, and even learn how to make butter at home. Follow-along instructions and worksheets will be provided.

Tools of the Trade will include a live one-hour program on Zoom. Instructional videos and class materials will be shared with participants on Monday, Sept. 28.

Virtual Presentation:

  • Explore our collections and primary sources to learn about historic tools and technologies. We’ll think of modern tools that solve the same problems and design a new tool to solve the problem.
  • Learn about simple machines and see how they can make jobs easier. A virtual scavenger hunt around the house will turn up even more simple machines!
  • The Zoom presentation will be recorded and available to participants.

Class Materials (pre-recorded videos and activities):

  • Pre-recorded video: See how the technology used to make butter has changed over the years. We will compare a handheld churn, the “modern” 1890 butter factory in the Farm Manager’s House at Billings Farm & Museum, and the KitchenAid mixer in our Learning Kitchen. We’ll also include instructions and a video on making butter at home.
  • Worksheets and reference materials to accompany the live presentation.

Select one date:
Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 10:00-11:00 (this session is currently full
Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 10:00-11:00 (this session is currently full)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 1:00-2:00 (this session is currently full)

$4/student/BFM member or additional siblings.

Recommended for children ages 7-12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

All sessions are currently full. Contact Amy Martsolf by phone at 802-457-2355 x334 or at with any questions.