Lemonade has always been a classic summer drink. I mean, who can really say “no” to this cool and refreshing flavor? Yet, today’s article is not just about making a lemonade, but more on what else can we teach our children when preparing a yummy lemonade.
Budgeting yours Expenses
Any great projects begins with putting all the pieces together. After planning how many people will drink the lemonade (family, friends, party attendees), take a few minutes to make a budget. Encourage your children to brainstorm the supplies needed (lemonade, ice, sugar) and go over the recipe to see how much each of these items they will need. Help them narrow down an approximate cost. Provide the approximate total and take them to the grocery store. Teach them how to compare prices and how to buy the supplies based on their budget, just how we do it in real life.
Putting the Pieces Together
After having all the ingredients, get right to it. For this lemonade, you can use Hollywood Learning Center’s recipe:
- 10 Cups of Water
- 10 to 12 Lemons
- 3 Cups of Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoon of Organic Honey (Our secret ingredient)
- 2 Trays of Ice Cubes
Since recipes usually focus on certain servings, use this time to go over portions and fractions when doubling or dividing the recipe to fulfill your family’s needs. For instance, our recipe is for a large group of 10 children. If you family consist of 5 members, help your children figure out how much of the ingredients they would need.
The Importance of Safety
Teaching our children about safety from young creates well-aware adults. Starting with the lemons, make sure they remove the seeds to avoid anyone from swallowing them and growing lemons on their tummies. Also, depending on their age, teach them to use a knife carefully.
As far as water goes, some lemonades are prepared with cold water and others are prepared on the stove in order to dissolve the sugar. When using the stove, make sure to teach your children that they won’t use one until they are 18. Okay, I might be exaggerating, but you know what I mean. Another safety tip you can throw in there is the importance of watching our sugar intake. Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in school-aged children.
Last, but not least, let’s not forget the one of the most important lesson, have fun and sharing is caring! You have all summer to enjoy and indulge the many teachings that can come from a simple lemonade project.
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