Our Senses

When Life Gives You Lemons

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    < 1 hour

  • Mess Level
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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?

Extension Activities:

  • 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.
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