Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lemons Are Not Red, stART and Summer Bucket List

We decided to pull an orange paper, one of your summer bucket list ideas, from our bucket today.  We pulled "Make snow cones" from Julia at Just Playin Around.  We're pretty busy today, so I was hoping to find a way to combine our summer bucket list and our stART project. 

Fortunately, our local library had a copy of Bob Staake's The Red Lemon available.  This is a great book about a lemon farmer that finds a red lemon growing among his yellow lemons and tosses it out because it is different and shouldn't be red.  The illustrations and text are great.  This also gave us an opportunity to discuss differences among people and judging others on appearances as well. 

I don't have a way to do shaved ice well, so I thought an Italian lemon ice would have to substitute for our snow cones.  Little J mixed the ingredients and put it in our ice cream maker.  While he worked on the recipe, Sassyfras and Juiciness did their art project. 

1 cup of fresh lemon juice.  Zest of one lemon.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 1 cup of sugar.  Stir until dissolved.  Mix with lemon juice and zest, add a splash of milk, and allow to cool.  Put in ice cream maker until mostly frozen, put in a container and place in freezer until fully frozen.
The custard cup is one of my junk antique finds by Hall.  I found a set of six and I think they are so pretty!
For our project I gave them an outline of a tree and then gave them Do-A-Dot paints to put their own lemons on the tree. 

I let them open their own paints for a little fine motor practice.

Trying to put just one red lemon on the tree proved to be a hard self control lesson for them.


The Italian ice turned out delicious.  Thanks for the inspiration Julia!  Please head over and see Julia's blog, Just Playin Around.  She has some great ideas for education and fun activities with young children.

For more great stART projects go to Michelle's blog, A Mommy's Adventure.


Deborah said...

I love the bright summer yellow!! This will make a great addition to my Sunday Storytime list on FB.. Love it!

Julia said...

Yum! That looks so refreshing!

The Sunshine Crew said...

That looks delicious. We will have to try making some, as the boys love Italian ice.
Great idea!
Thanks to you and to Julia, too:)

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JDaniel4's Mom said...

The books looks great. I love your tie-ins.

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

WOW!!! Great stuff! And, yeah, the twins would have red lemons everywhere!
Thanks for linking up!
Tiffany @ HGF

Ticia said...

Oh what a fun idea! It is hard to get them to only put one dot on once they get going though.

maggy, red ted art said...

I can just taste that mouth watering lemon sorbet! What a fabulous stART activity! Books looks fab too!


Raising a Happy Child said...

Great idea for a project and a yummy snack. We also enjoyed "Lemons are not red".