The A-Z healthy eating series has reached the letter “L” this week! I hope you are enjoying following along with the series and that introducing new foods to your little ones has become that little bit easier.
We chose lemons to craft with this month. Use this opportunity to discuss the senses of sight, smell, taste and feel with children and ask them to describe a lemon with each of their senses. Lemons are oval shaped and yellow in colour. Some varieties feel rough and bumpy to the touch while some have a smooth skin. The lemon skin has oil glands in them so you will enjoy a refreshing aroma when handling the lemon. This is a great opportunity for children to expand their descriptive vocabulary. The skin of a lemon is tough and cannot be eaten while the flesh inside is juicy and very sour. The flesh is made up of segments and look like the spokes of a wheel. There is opportunity here to reinforce shapes and colours with younger children too.
Depending on age of your children, go ahead and discuss the high acidic nature of lemon juice which can be used for cleaning. Lemon halves dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten and clean kitchenware because of the chemical reaction that occurs.
We attempted to craft a clown fish from our lemon, a clown fish with colourful fins and tail that is! Pushing the feathers into the lemons is a great fine motor workout and encourage your little ones to be as creative as they like with their choice of feathers. Achieving the clown fish pattern does require scoring and peeling with a sharp paring knife so this is best left to an adult.
There is no harm in tasting the lemon while you craft if your little ones feel brave enough! Lemons are never eaten on their own but are very refreshing when added to drinking water on a hot day. Lemon juice can also be used to make delicious lemonade when mixed with water, ice and some honey.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE LEMONY FISH:
- Googly eyes (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE LEMONY FISH:
- Score the lemon rind and use a paring knife to cut off the lemon rind in a pattern that resembles a clown fish.
- Push feathers into the lemon to make fish’s tail and fins.
- Stick googly eyes onto lemon to make fish’s eyes, otherwise draw eyes with a black marker.
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