When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
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Cooking with your kids is a very enjoyable activity and has a host of benefits. It brings a lot of learning opportunities like hand-eye coordination, problem solving and improved communication skills as well as motor skills. Sensory abilities are also improved when kids touch and feel the ingredients.
And what’s better than lemonade to involve your kids in the fun?
Who doesn’t love lemonade? The sweet, tart and refreshing drink is a summer favorite all over the world. Kids love lemonade! It is easy for them to make, and is a great fun, too!
These recipes are perfect for you to try out with your tiny tots – fun unlimited!
A note of caution: be careful if kids are cutting lemons! Please use child-safe knives.
Basic lemonade recipe
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 cups water
- 6 medium sized lemons, cut in half (or 1 cup of lemon juice)
- Large pitcher
- Ice as required
What to do:
- Mix the sugar with water and heat the mixture on a low flame to make a simple syrup. Stir well until sugar is completely dissolved. Let it cool. (If your kids are too little for this, let them only mix the sugar and water).
- Squeeze the lemons until you get 1 cup of lemon juice.
- Pour the lemon juice and the remaining 3 cups of water into a large pitcher.
- Add the sugar syrup and stir. Then put the lemonade in the fridge until chilled. Adjust ingredients as per your taste.
- Enjoy on a hot summer’s day with ice!
Color is always a welcome change in drinks and more so for a child – the visual stimulus is also important. Use the same recipe as above with 1 cup of cranberry juice for a pretty pink-tinged lemonade that kids will love!
Lemonade with an extra dose of fruit is always a good idea! Kids can help you to strain the strawberry puree and add it to the lemonade. This recipe will work with raspberries as well.Add a handful or so of fresh strawberries to a blender and then puree them until they’re evenly broken down.
- 2. Then, transfer the pureed strawberries to a fine mesh sieve and press through to get strained strawberry juice. If you wanted to add the strawberry pieces to the lemonade, that would work as well, but this step will make it a smooth lemonade.
- 3. Add 1/4 cup of the strawberry juice to the bottom of a tall glass, followed by the base lemonade recipe, and then top it off with some ice cubes to serve!
Add ¾ cup of crushed fresh blueberries to the lemon juice and sugar mixture and mix well until the
lemonade turns a bright pink. Enjoy served with ice.
Are there any recipes you love making with your children? We’d love to hear all about it! Let us know in the comments below!