Making Lemonade

Teaching Kids How to Follow Directions

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Purpose

Lemonade is the drink of choice for countless people—and now you can use it to teach your little ones the scientific method! This fun science activity for kids allows children to make their own lemonade while following directions, making a hypothesis, and collecting data through observation.

Activity Instructions

Cut a lemon into four pieces and throw away all of the seeds.

Put a piece of lemon in a Ziploc bag, one for each child and one for yourself. Help your children measure and add a half a cup of water and a teaspoon of sugar to their bags.

When all of the ingredients are added, zip the bags.   Help your child squeeze the lemon inside the bag and shake it up to mix the contents.

As you are shaking it upask your kids to predict what will happen to the ingredients. Have them talk about the changes they are seeing within the bag and how they think the lemonade will taste.

After 30 seconds, stop mixing and add a couple of ice cubes to each bag. Hand your little ones a straw and enjoy!

Materials

  • Lemons
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Ice
  • Ziploc Bag
  • Straws

Outcome

This fun science activity for kids will teach your little ones how to follow the scientific method. They will listen to your instructions, predict the outcome of the activity, and make observations throughout. Additionally, they will create a delicious drink that they can enjoy! iStock Photo #:

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