Children use motor and math skills as they prepare a refreshing treat.
- lemons or lemon juice
- measuring cup and spoons
- large spoon
- small cups or bowls
- binder ring
- knife (optional)
- white grape juice
- small pitchers
- ice (optional)
Ask your child to name his or her favorite things to drink. Talk about why it’s important for people, animals, and even plants to get enough to drink, especially in hot weather.
1. Help your child wash his or her hands well. Gather the ingredients and refer to your recipe (see step 3) as you work.
2. If you’re using a fresh lemon, cut it in half and ask your child to squeeze the juice into a cup or bowl (through the strainer to prevent seeds from falling in). Talk about his or her actions and what he or she observes happening.
3. Help your child use the measuring cup and spoon to measure 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of white grape juice, and 1½ cups of water. Pour the ingredients into the pitcher. Stir with a large spoon.
4. Add ice cubes or chill in the refrigerator. Once cool, help your child pour out a serving of lemonade. Encourage him or her to describe the taste as her or she savors the refreshing drink!
For younger children: When making the lemonade with your young child, you’ll want to help him or her squeeze, mix, and stir.
For older children: Talk with your child about other kinds of things that can be made with lemons (breads, ice pops, cookies). Try out some of these recipes.
Remember: Some children may not like the taste of the tart lemonade drink. Be sure to have other beverages on hand to enjoy.
Spin off: Talk about other favorite juices and where they come from. Let your child experiment with squeezing grapes, apples, and other fruits. If possible, use an electric juicer or juice press and make your own.
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