5 Ways to Use Lemons with Kids
Do you want to know some fun ways to use lemons? Do you remember squeezing lemons as a child? I certainly do.
I loved to squeeze lemons over the lemon squeezer and help my mum while she baked her famous lemon meringue pie. It was fun collecting the juice and making sure the pips stayed out of the bowl.
The best part was eating the pie with the tangy lemon taste and crisp meringue peaks. I loved it. In fact I can’t wait for my mum to visit from New Zealand in 3 months. I am going to ask her to bake her famous lemon pie for the family.
Interesting Facts About Lemons
A lemon is a cross between a citron and a sour orange. Lemons are tangy but packed with vitamin C which is really important for keeping the immune system strong and helping the body to heal.
These Lemon facts make lemons perfect to use with your kids, when cooking or otherwise. Here are five more interesting facts about lemons.
- Lemons originally come from Asia.
- Lemon trees can produce up to 600lbs of lemons every year.
- Lemon trees produce fruit all year round.
- Lemon zest and grated rinds, is often used in baking.
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5 Fun Ways To Use Lemons With Children
So here we are ready to read about fun ways to use Lemons. There are honestly so many fun ideas out there but today we will focus on my top five. I hope you find this useful and enjoy testing these out.
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 neighbours.
Other supplies include a large sign, disposable cups and a large container (or two) of your favourite homemade lemonade.
Launch Lemon Juice Rockets
You can use lemons to launch 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 would 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 With Kids
There are lots of recipes to make Lemon Cake Bars or Lemon Cake. But, this one only requires three simple ingredients!
All you need is a lemon, one can of lemon pie filling and one “just add water” packaged cake mix.
If you live in the UK like me, you can use half a jar of lemon curd from the Supermarket Isle instead of pie filling
All you need to do is add lemon juice to the water and combine the ingredients. You might even want to pop some Lemon rind into the cake too.
Pour into a buttered 13 x 9 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes in a 350° oven.
Allow to cool completely, before cutting and you have lemon cake! Quick simple and easy.
What a fabulous way to use lemons.
Make Invisible Ink Using Lemons
One fun way to use lemons is to dip a small paintbrush or cotton swab into fresh lemon juice.
Use the brush, 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 Using Lemons
You can use lemons to make a tasty smoothie.
Pour one cup of milk into the blender. Add three tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (Greek is best), 2 tablespoons of honey and 1-3/4 cups ice cubes.
Blend until smooth. Enjoy! Makes four 8-ounce servings.
You might also want to try different smoothie recipes and mix Lemons with different fruits and vegetable.
[mv_recipe post_id=”48709″]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 and a lot of fun activities.
If you don’t have convenient access to a lemon tree, no worries! Lemons are readily available at your local grocery store or market. You could go on a Lemon hunt with the kids at the local market or visit a farm. There are lemons in so many places.
So, why not get your kids using the tangy fruit? Their taste buds and imaginations will love you for it!
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Products That Are Great To Use Lemons With
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