Monday, May 21, 2012


5 Senses With Lemons!

The Five Senses is such a fun topic for preschoolers!  It naturally encourages experimentation, exploration, and self-realization.  This particular lesson, adapted from Lisa's at Planet Weidknecht, also reviews fraction vocabulary and colors!  Here's what we did:

1- What are your senses?  As we talked about ways we learn about the world, we drew a representation of each sense on a mini-poster.  We traced everyone's hands for touch!

2- Sight!  What is this?  A lemon!  Use your eyes to tell me what color it is.  Yellow!

3- Touch!  What does it feel like on the outside?  What about the inside?  As I cut the lemons, we reviewed halves and quarters.

4- Taste!  Everyone licked their lemons...and we all laughed about the "Oooh's" and puckers!  We also talked about the word "sour."

5- Smell!  Can you smell sour?

6- Hearing!  Can you hear your lemon drip drop into your cup?

7- What should we do with our lemon juice?  Make lemonade!!  (They didn't even need me to suggest this!)

8- Easiest lemonade recipe ever:  Stir equal parts lemon juice, water, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.  It's easy to estimate, and the children love stirring ingredients together.  When each child finished, they tested it to make sure it was sweet enough.  Sweet and sour are need enough sugar to cover the sour part of the lemon!

9- More experiments!  My children wanted to try other sweeteners.  We're particularly fond of agave around here, and my daughter wondered how that would taste.  So, she mixed up another batch of lemonade with agave...and loved it! 

I think we'll be making lemonade all summer--it was very popular!!

I may share at any of these parties!


Unknown said...

I love how you made a whole bunch of activities just from one lemon. Great ideas!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Play Eat Grow, It was a very fun morning, and there's so much more we could do with lemons too! Thanks for stopping by!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

Thank you so much for featuring our sensory bottles! You just made my day! :)

Deb Chitwood said...

Awesome activities ... I love the idea of exploring the 5 senses with lemons! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: