Food Prep Shelf Work- Lemon Juicing 

 

Description:

Toddlers love the sensory experience of getting their hands in the mix of preparing food. Why not set them up with a Lemonade making station for a refreshing springtime work? Not only is lemonade a delicious treat, but making it will encourage your child to exercise their fine motor skills and practice a multiple stepped task! 

Materials:

  • Handheld lemon juicer 
  • 2 cups (one with small amount of water and one empty) 
  • Sponge or dish cloth
  • Tray
  • Optional: Sugar water

Steps:

  • Prepare ahead by slicing a lemon in half and placing it on a tray with the hand held juicer and a cup. You may also want to place a dishcloth or sponge. We provide these items in the classroom for this work to encourage them to clean up spills. 
  • Place the tray on a shelf that is accessible to your tot.
  • At first, you will want to model how to juice the lemon. After practicing, let your child have a turn. For tiny friends, it will be best if they stand to perform this activity, so that they can use their whole arm strength to push down on the lemon. 
  • Invite your child to pour the juice into a cup and practice slowly pouring the water into the juice to dilute.
  • Optional: Add a small amount of sugar water to taste.
  • Model how to clean any spills using the sponge and rinse off the work in the sink. 
  • Now that your child has had a lesson, you can set this on their workshelf and invite them to make you a cup of lemonade during their work time. 

 

Extensions: 

Try using oranges to make orange juice

Before you place this work on the shelf, roll the fruit on the table to soften with a strong arm. You can even turn that into a challenge and invite your helper to use their “big strong muscles” to help you get their work ready.