Are your children into Yo Gabba Gabba? There is a song from one of their episodes about making lemonade that just kept sneaking into my head as I was writing this post.
At the very least, I appreciate that the robot shares a healthy lemonade recipe, substituting honey for sugar. We took our cues from the show and used a local raw honey that had a slight blueberry taste from the bees gathering nectar from nearby blueberry patches.
I set up a simple Montessori-style lemon squeezing practical life activity to start off with (similar to our orange juicing activity) then actually used the youtube video to introduce the idea of making lemonade.
After cutting and juicing five lemons, mix the juice into 2 cups of water and add honey to taste. We did two tablespoons, but I’m going to justify it as giving lots of honey health benefits!
(If you can’t use fresh lemons, 5 tablespoons of a good quality lemon juice will substitute.)
I made this kid-friendly recipe printable to add to your kids’ kitchen, so your little chefs can help make sugar-free lemonade whenever life (or mom) gives them lemons:
If making homemade lemonade is not a good fit for your kids, or they want to keep making more after you make a batch, you might want to check out our pink lemonade play dough invitation — it’s a great alternative for developing hand strength and inspiring some lemonade pretend play.
We used the children’s love of lemonade to learn the “lll” letter sound with a lemonade unit study.
Check out our other Kids’ Kitchen recipes for more kid-made treats!