July 29, 2012

Summer Fun Day 6 -Lemonade

Read: Lemons and Lemonade by Nancy Loewen

Discuss: How to make Lemonade...
  1. First, slice the lemons in half and squeeze the lemons to get the juice out... We need 1 cup lemon juice.
  2. Next, add 1 cup of water to the lemon juice.
  3. Then, add 1 cup of sugar and stir it up.
  4. Last, add 1 cup of ice cubes and enjoy!

Floating Lemons
  • Bowl of water
  • Lemons
  • Knife
  • Magnifying glass
  1. Place a lemon in the bowl of water. It floats! Try to push it down and get it to stay under the water. I t still floats.
  2. Cut it into smaller pieces, they still float. 
  3. Remove the lemon skins and see if the lemon parts will sink? They do...
  4. Look at the lemon skins with your magnifying glass, why do you think the lemon floats with the skin on? The skin is thick and porous that means it has lots of air which makes if float.
  5. What other fruits do you think would float? Oranges, limes

Lemon Symmetry
  • Paper
  • Lemons
  • Knife
  • Colored Pencils or crayons
  1. Cut 1 lemon in half. Look closely at the inside half of the lemon. You will see that it has symmetrical lines or triangle areas.
  2. A line of symmetry divides a shape into two identical parts. In some cases, as with a butterfly, you'll find one line of symmetry down the middle. In other cases, there is more than one ; like with eight sections of an lemon.
  3. Use the colored pencils to draw a lemon on your paper. Draw the whole lemon and then what the inside looks like when you cut it in half.

Strawberry Lemonade
  • 7 Lemons
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Ice
  • Strawberries
  1. Cut and squeeze the juice from about 6 lemons until you have 1 ½ cups. 
  2. Finely grate the lemon zest until you have about 2 tablespoons.
  3. Save any remaining lemons to slice later.
  4. In a small sauce pan mix the sugar and water together (1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups water and 1 1/2 cups lemon juice).
  5. Bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest.
  7. Refrigerator this lemon syrup until cold.
  8. Puree 2 tablespoons of strawberries.
  9. Add the strawberry puree and ¼ cup of the lemon syrup to a tall glass.
  10. Add ¼ cup of ice.
  11. Add ¾ cups of water and stir really good with a staw.
  12. Add a few slices of strawberry and a slice of lemon.

When life gives you lemons...
Discuss: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” Lemons are sour so when you say that life gave you lemons that means you are having a sour (bad) day. Lemonade is sweet, so when you have a bad day you can try to make it a lemonade day (good day). What are some things that might happen to us that would cause us to have a bad day and what we could do to make it better.

Read: Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  1. Give the children a copy of the “If life gives you lemons...” paper.
  2. Have the children talk about what they can do to make a bad day good.
  3. Have them write their ideas down, and draw a picture of one idea on the back of their paper.

When life gives you lemons...






Pink Lemonade Suckers
We had pink lemonade flavored suckers left over from the parade.

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