Lemonade has been an interest this summer at our home. We kicked off the summer with lemonade cupcakes, and with Curly’s child led interest in setting up her first lemonade stand, the inspiration came to me with the idea of a lemon sensory and small world play tub. I think my favorite part about this rice was the extra sensory element of smell with lemon extract that I added while coloring the rice yellow. We made this little lemonade sign from a craft we had already done, and we added the writing over the top. Curley is just starting to emerge in her developmental writing. She is now able to copy a few letters. I was very proud of her that she was able to write the letter “L” in the word lemonade. This writing lemonade stand project was about the process and not the product. It didn’t matter that the sign did not say the complete word “Lemonade Stand.” She was proud about what she could write and what she “wrote” had meaning to her. I had collected yellow caps, cups, lemon erasers, pom poms, and even a pretend lemon which made it all the more “yellow” and “lemony!”
She added little people and her small dolls. She is very interested in little play of all kinds. She was able to use her sense of imagination in this “lemonade land.” Her dolls where able to buy and sell lemonade. She enjoyed how the rice felt on her hands, as while as how wonderful it smelled all at the same time. At one point I smiled as I sat back and watched her get lost in her own imagination as it went from a lemonade stand to a magical lemon kingdom.
It was fun to scoop and pour the rice from cup to cup. What a fun way to practice hand eye coordination!
In this play activity children are learning:
- Hand Eye Coordination
- Using their Imaginations
- Sensory Awareness
- Learning about the sense of “touch and smell” (Preschool Science Standards)
- The Color Yellow
- Literacy Skills and Developmental Writing and that print carries a message.