Food & Nutrition Child Developement
Activity : Jazzy Juicer
Getting your kids in the kitchen can give them a good start on learning a valuable life-skill; cooking. Start them young and they are more likely to enjoy the process. There’s something oddly satisfying about enjoying foods that you make yourself. It’s a great idea to start small, so it’s something simple that children can make and master with a little supervision and thereby enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. Let’s get your children started in the kitchen, with a refreshing glass of lemonade! What’s more, lemons are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant which boosts the immune system. It’s not just a coolant for a warm sunny day but because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties, lemon juice is also a very effective solution against common colds and cholera.
So let’s get our Jazzy Juicers squeezing, stirring and pouring in the kitchen today!
Warning: Undiluted lemon is bad for your teeth. Ensure that your children are consuming the lemonade, only after sufficient dilution.
Things You Will Need
- 1 small lemon or any other citrus fruit (e.g Orange)
- 2 glasses of water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Knife to cut the fruit
- Lemon squeezer or your hands will do too
- Spoon to stir
While you follow the activity, ensure you focus on
- Language: Vocabulary of the ingredients and utensils used
Action words (like Squeeze, Stir, Pour)
- Numeracy: Measuring the ingredients, Counting while stirring
- Fine Motor: Different grip styles for cutting, squeezing, stirring, and pouring
- Cognitive: Following a recipe sequentially as described
- Object recognition: Lemon, glass, spoon, and distinguishing salt and sugar
- Sensory: Taste (Lemon - Sour, Salt - Salty, Sugar - Sweet), Smell (Sweet, Citrusy), Touch (Lemon skin, Particles sizes of salt and sugar).
Let's Get Started :)
Watch & follow along with this Activity Video or read the instructions below :) This video includes step by step instructions that make it easy for your child to follow.
Get all the things you’ll need (listed above) ready.
Step 1: Ingredients match and count
Use the Ingredient Flashcards to find, name and measure the objects we’ll need today - Lemon, Sugar, Salt, and Water.
Step 2: Recipe sequencing
Arrange the (already numbered) Recipe Flashcards in sequential order to get your final steps for the recipe.
Step 3: Make the lemonade
Follow the instructions in order of the recipe you created in Step 2.
As you do, call out the actions involved in every step - Cut, Squeeze, Stir, Pour
Step 4: Service!
Pour the lemonade into smaller glasses. A good time to practice volumetric division as well. How many glasses can this jug fill?
Step 5: Drink and Enjoy
Now is when you get to enjoy the refreshing drink you have created! As you drink and relax, voice out how you’re feeling now. Express joy, tiredness, etc.
Print and cut them out, to create flashcards for the ingredients and recipe.