Shhh… don't tell your kids, but making lemonade is one of those "you're learning a bunch of stuff and you don't know it" opportunities!
• Squeezing lemons is a fine motor experience. It works the same muscles used for writing.
• Measuring the ingredients requires math skills like counting and following steps in order.
• For a bonus lesson, line up the ingredients from left to right so it encourages left-right visual progression as your child works their way through the steps (an important pre-reading skill).
• Pouring is great for hand-eye coordination.
• Think about Science - from the sense of taste (sour & sweet) for little ones, to the concepts of osmosis and molecular structure that cause sugar to dissolve in water for the bigger kids.
• Turn it into a lemonade stand and encourage social skills as well as money math skills.
Fresh Lemonade Recipe
To make an ice-cold glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade, all you need is:
1 cup of sugar
6 cups of water
Directions: Squeeze the juice from the lemons until you have one cup of juice, then mix everything together in a pitcher, until the sugar dissolves.