Activity:

Make Homemade Zip-lock Bag Lemonade!

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What You Need:

  • Zip-lock bags
  • Lemons
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Ice (optional)
  • Straws

What You Do:

  1. Cut a lemon into quarters and remove any seeds.
  2. Place one quarter into a zip-lock bag.
  3. Add ½ cup of water.
  4. Add approximately 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  5. Zip the bag securely.
  6. Gently mix the contents of the bag for about 30 seconds, making sure to squeeze the pulp of the lemon.
  7. Open a small section of the top of the bag and insert a straw. If desired, add a couple of ice cubes.
  8. Enjoy!

Before you begin the activity, try gathering up all the necessary items and then asking your child what he thinks you can make from the ingredients. Have him make observations about those ingredients. Ask him to make predictions about the steps involved and what he thinks will happen when the ingredients are mixed together. Be sure to encourage him to describe what he sees, smells, hears, tastes and feels throughout the whole process.

This recipe can even be taken “on the road.” Simply put the lemons and sugar into zip-lock bags before your next picnic. Add the water when you get to your destination for some on-the-spot, homemade refreshment.

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