What’s a favorite summer drink? Lemonade! My friend, Mrs. Bergeson, scheduled a day of Lemonade fun. What did the children learn? They used their senses, color recognition, fine motor skills, counting skills and experimented with an art technique.
Senses: Look at the lemon, what color is it? Touch it – is it smooth or bumpy? When we cut it in half, what does it smell like? Let’s squeeze out the juice. Is it sweet or sour (taste with our finger). If we add some sugar, is it still sour?
Color recognition: Which color straw and parasol will you pick?
Fine motor skills: Squeeze the juice out of the lemons using a juicer. Take the top off the glue stick and twist to bring up the glue and add glue to the “straw”. Hold the lemon with fingers to dab into the paint and create prints.
Art Experience: Use the lemons to make prints. Which would you prefer, pink or yellow lemonade? Let’s create a tall, cool glass of lemonade.
Counting: How many lemon prints did you add to your glass? How many did your friend add?
Art Experience Supplies:
- Pink Paint
- Yellow Paint
- Drink Parasols
- White construction paper with glass drawing
- Glue sticks
Choose a colored “straw” and glue onto “glass”.
Choose which color of lemonade you’d prefer. Use the lemons to make prints inside the “glass”.
Choose a parasol. Flatten the parasol and choose where the parasol should be placed. Poke (or glue) the parasol onto the project.
And the real life version of the project looks like this!
Using the juice the children squeezed from the lemons, they made lemonade and shared it together.
It’s all these little things that strengthen our preschoolers skills and add up to fun learning experiences!