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A Little Messy
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Question and Wonder:
Just looking at your lemon…
- How does a lemon feel? Light/heavy? Bumpy/smooth? Firm/squishy?
- How would you describe what it looks like? Shape, color, things it might be similar to?
- What does it smell like?
- Does it make any noises?
- What do you think is inside?
Imagine and Design:
- Can you draw your lemon?
- What do you think the inside looks like? Draw it.
- How else can you experiment with your lemon?
Listen to all your child’s ideas (“let’s see if it floats!” Or “I wonder if we can smoosh it?”). Make a list and design ways to test your child’s ideas.
After you have tried them. Cut it open, if you haven’t already.
Test and Discuss:
- How does the lemon smell? Taste? Feel?
- How could you make the lemon taste differently?
- What other things have you learned about your lemon?
- Make fresh squeezed lemonade and gradually sweeten it with sugar to experience how the taste changes.
- Try making lemon prints by cutting a lemon in half and using paint and paper to print designs.
- Draw a secret message or picture with lemon juice. After it dries you can hardly see it. Reveal it by heating it near a light bulb or lamp. The lemon juice will be hard to see until it is “oxidized” by the heat.