5 Ways to Use Lemons with Kids
A lemon, which is actually a cross between a citron and a sour orange, is packed with vitamin C. This healthy fact makes lemons perfect to use with your kids, when cooking or otherwise. Here are five ways to get you started.
Set Up a Lemonade Stand
A lemonade stand can be as simple as a folding table and chair. The setup doesn’t have to be elaborate for your kids to have fun selling lemonade to the neighbors. Other supplies include a large sign, disposable cups and a large container (or two) of your favorite homemade lemonade.
Launch Lemon Juice Rockets
When your kids are feeling a little like astronauts or scientists, there is no better time to make these super-simple lemon juice rockets. For this outside experiment you need:
- a plastic bottle with a cork (for each child)
- a small funnel
- lemon juice
- safety glasses
- toilet paper
- baking soda
Tape strips of torn toilet paper onto each cork, to look like streamers. Using the funnel, pour a half inch of lemon juice into each bottle. Add water, until containers are half full. Next, make little packets of baking soda, by folding small squares of toilet paper around 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
Put on the safety goggles. Insert a baking soda packet into each bottle, closing them with the corks. Shake bottles for a few seconds and place on the ground. Ready for lift off!
Bake Lemon Bars
There are lots of recipes for lemon bars. But, this one only requires two simple ingredients! You need one 22 ounce can of lemon pie filling and one “just add water” angel food cake mix.
Combine ingredients and pour into a buttered 13 x 9 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350° oven. Allow to cool completely, before cutting.
Make Invisible Ink
Dip a small paintbrush or cotton swab into fresh lemon juice. Use it, to draw a picture on a plain piece of white paper. Once the juice is completely dry, hold the picture near a light bulb. The “invisible ink” will magically appear! Please note, if you have small children supervision is required.
Whip Up a Smoothie
Pour one cup milk into the blender. Add three tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (Greek is best), 2 tablespoon honey and 1-3/4 cups ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Enjoy! Makes four 8-ounce servings.
If you’re lucky enough to have a mature lemon tree in your backyard, depending on size, it’s capable of producing 600 pounds of fruit every year. That translates into a LOT of lemons!
If you don’t have convenient access to a lemon tree, no worries! Lemons are readily available at your local grocery store. So, why not get your kids using the tangy fruit? Their taste buds and imaginations will love you for it!