When life gives you lemons…”Squeeze!” Hello lemonade activity!
A new month means a new theme. Welcome to #oursensoryfruit . Throughout July we’ll be using these prompts to inspire our play and we’d love to see you join in! Let’s get fruity!
Today, we chose “Squeeze.” Miss 3 said she wanted to squeeze lemons to make lemonade. It’s hot outside and a cold glass of lemonade sounded wonderful. Therefore, I bought lemons and we made fresh lemonade together. Such a great summer activity!
What you Need:
- Lemons (Cut in half for juicing)
- Manual Hand Juicer
1.) Set the hand juicer up on a table or in their sensory bin.
2.) Show them how to take a lemon half and push it down over the juicer. Help them turn their hand left and right as they push down so they get used to the motion and feeling.
3.) Allow your child to juice all of the lemons. For smaller kiddos, go back and make sure each lemon half is completely juiced.
4.) Once all the lemons are juiced, it’s time to make lemonade. See the recipe below.
homemade Lemonade Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice (6 lemons depending on the size)
- 8 cups water (divided)
- 1 3/4 cups Organic Cane Sugar
Lemonade Activity Instructions:
1.) Combine 1 cup of the water and the sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar completely. Congratulations, you just made simple syrup! Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
2.) Remove all seeds from the lemon juice, but leave the pulp if you’d like. In a large pitcher, stir together the cooled simply syrup the remaining 7 cups of cold water, and the lemon juice.
3.) Chill the lemonade, or add ice and enjoy!
Tips: If you don’t like your lemonade overly sweet add 3/4 of the simple syrup and see how it tastes. Continue adding until it’s as sweet as you like it.
Try adding fresh mint for a refreshing flavor.
Strawberry Lemonade: You can add fresh pureed strawberries to create fresh strawberry lemonade.
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If you’d like to try another fun food based activity, click here to learn how to Make Rainbow Unicorn Toast.
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