Homemade Lemonade

20 Sep

Thomas’ favourite drink at the moment is lemonade. I’m not quite sure where he developed a taste for it (or even found out about it) but he keeps asking for it. We have told him that lemonade is only special for parties. He has accepted that. I thought as a special treat it would be nice to make some genuine lemonade with him.

We both really enjoyed making this lemonade. It was simple and very hands on for my little assistant.

First of all we made some mint ice cubes which we put in the freezer. We have mint growing in our backyard and Thomas likes to pick it and eat it so it was nice to actually do something with it.

What you will need for Mint Ice Cubes:

An ice cube tray

Mint leaves separated from stalk (approximately 1/4 cup)


What you do:

Fill ice cube tray with water. Have your child place one mint leaf in each ice cube. Place in freezer until frozen.

Children will be using and refining their fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination doing this activity.

Homemade Lemonade

6 Lemons (to make 1 cup lemon juice)

80g caster sugar

3 cups water


First of all we went to pick the lemons off our lemon tree. Thomas loved doing this. He is really learning about taking care of living things by having vegetables, fruit and herbs growing in the garden. He is showing more of an interest and loves to water them and make sure they’re not “too thirsty”. Growing plants and looking after them is a great way for children to develop some sense of responsibility. It is also great for their self esteem to see something that they have grown being enjoyed by the whole family!

  1. Take the lemons and cut in half. Juice each of the lemons using a juicer. Strain the lemon juice into a jug to remove pith and any seeds.
  2. Gradually add caster sugar stirring continuously to dissolve.
  3. Add 3 cups of water to sugar and lemon mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Pour into bottles or jugs and refrigerate until cold.
  5. Serve with mint ice cubes and enjoy on a nice hot day!

Note: You may want to increase or decrease the amount of sugar depending on how bitter the lemons are as this can vary.


One Response to “Homemade Lemonade”

  1. getcreativewithkids November 29, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Love this Idea! We have mint growing in our herb garden and have just planted a lemon tree so I will put this idea away until we have some home grown lemons.

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