5 Ways to Play- Lemons

It is summer time here in Kansas City and nothing really beats an ice cold glass of lemonade on the porch. Grab yourself a couple bags of lemons next time you are at the grocery store because I rounded up some pretty fun activities for you and your family to do!

1.Lemon Stamping

This is so easy and SO FUN!! You can actually make some frame worthy prints with lemon stamping.

You’ll want to grab the following items.

  • Lemons
  • Water Color Paper or any heavy weight paper
  • Crayola Washable Paint 2-4 colors
  • Craft Sticks (popsicle sticks)
  • Paper Plate

To start off, cut your lemon in half. You can have a half a lemon per color or give each kid a stamp. This depends on the type of artist your kiddos is. Then jab your craft stick into the rind of the lemon, if you need to you can cut a slit with a knife for the stick to slide through. The craft stick is optional, but I thought it was easier for London to stamp with the craft stick as a handle.

Less is more when it comes to paint and lemon stamping. You want to pour enough paint onto your paper plate so it is wide enough to cover your the lemon, but if you get too much paint then your stamp will look more like a blob then a lemon. We used a little too much paint on some of the stamps below. After that you are pretty much free to let the kiddos loose.

2.Lemon Volcanoes

This is so fun! Ironically enough London and I were playing around with Baking Soda and Vinegar when Kristian from @FriendsArtLab posted these lemon volcanoes! They are super easy and so fun!

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Lemons
  • Craft Stick or Toothpick
  • Baking Soda
  • Food Coloring/Liquid Watercolors (Optional)
  • Tray or Easy to clean surface

Cut your lemons in half. Place your lemons cut side up on your tray. You’ll want to add enough baking soda on top to have cover the lemon and then some. Add a couple drops of food coloring to the baking soda on the lemon if you’d like. Poke the Lemon with your craft stick. the acidity from the Lemon should react with the baking soda to cause a chemical reaction, similar to baking soda and vinegar.

Best part, You can continue to poke and add baking soda until your lemon has been fully juiced! For toddlers this is way more interactive than pouring the vinegar on the baking soda.

3.Homemade Lemonade

So, London has never had any drink beside water and milk, and perhaps a sip or two of my decaf coffee. To each their own, no judgement here. Our pediatrician talked about the added sugars in juice and we just decided to stay away. When I found this recipe for Honey Lemonade I thought this would be a pretty good compromise.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1c. Lemon Juice (About 5 juiced lemons)
  • 1/2c. Honey
  • 4c of water
  • High Speed Blender

Cut your lemons in half and get to juicing! We have this Lemon/Lime Squeezer, and London LOVES helping me squeeze the lemons. Once you have a cup of juice, dump your lemon juice and honey in the blender. Blend until completely mixed and there are no lumps of honey. Add the water, blend again. Pour into a pitcher and place in the cooler for 2 hours to cool. It’s a simple recipe and it’s a nice fresh, tart lemonade. London was a big fan!

4.Lemonade Sensory/Water Play

Alright, this is ridiculously easy! I did this when my niece and nephew were hanging out with us and they had so much fun. Simply slice a couple lemons and add them to a tub of water. I set out a couple bowls and spoons, tweezers and a eye dropper from our favorite fine motor skill toys.

The lemon slices float and smell lovely. Really, any type of water play is a win at our house, the lemons were an added bonus the kids loved making ‘soup’ and scooping out the slices. This is an easy way to switch up your normal water sensory play.

5. Lemon Scented Rice

I don’t know what it is about rice and sensory bins, but kids LOVE IT! We’ve made lots of varieties of colored rice but this is our first scented version. The process is insanely easy. The hardest part is having to wait for the rice to dry!

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 Lemon (Could use more depending on how strong you want the scent)
  • 1 cup of rice
  • Gallon sized ziplock bag or Tupperware with lid
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Pour your rice into your ziplock bag or tupperware container. Cut your lemon in half and squeeze the juice in with you rice. Add a few drops of food coloring if you’d like. Seal your container and shake until completely mixed. Spread out on a baking sheet to dry. Usually takes a couple hours. Once dry let them scoop, dump, pour to their hearts content.

We had so much fun playing with our lemons this week. It’s funny when you stop and think how versatile and fun simple, everyday items can be. I hope you have as much fun as we did! Maybe I should buy a lemon tree….

Happy juicing,

El

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