Age

⚙3  years and up 

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Indoors or outdoors

Materials 

⚙Jug of drinking water (4 cups or 1 liter)

⚙Spoon

⚙Knife 

⚙Lemons (2 or more)
⚙Sugar (to taste)
⚙Lemon reamer

⚙Recycled materials to use as cups (e.g., yogurt containers, juice containers)

                                   

Safety 

⚙Supervise children at all times

⚙Keep sharp knives out of reach

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Instructions 

Play-based Context

Wash hands. Place all materials on a flat surface (e.g., table, counter). Give one lemon half to each child and encourage children to explore the smell, texture, taste, etc. Help children extract lemon juice using the reamer and measure all ingredients into a jug. Use recycled materials as cups to serve the lemonade. Enjoy the refreshing lemonade!

Questions You May Ask 

How does the lemon [feel, taste, smell]?
 What can we use to get juice from the lemons?

What shapes can you see in your lemon half?
What can we use to make cups for your lemonade?
How much [sugar, water, lemon juice] should you add to make lemonade?

Related Children's Books

Froggy’s Lemonade Stand by Jonathan London
 I Love Lemonade by Mark Sommerset 
Splat the Cat and the Lemonade Stand by Rob Scotton

An educator noticed a group of children repeatedly playing with the plastic fruits and vegetables, pretending to cook and go on picnics. To build on the children's interest, the educator invited the children to make lemonade. 

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