Lemonade Literacy: Books and Sensory Activities with Summer’s Favorite Drink

Does anything taste better on a hot, summer day than the sour sweet taste of lemonade?

Mix up a batch of lemonade with your kiddos and enjoy some picture books all about this yummy treat!

Old-Fashioned Lemonade


  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Sensory Exploration with Lemonade

As you are making the lemonade, talk to your child about what you are doing and why. Let him play with the lemons and taste them–Oh, that’s sour! Smell the lemons too–is the smell different than the taste?¬† Lemons are really yellow! What else is yellow? What kinds of things can you find in your house that are yellow?

Even the smallest child can help measure the sugar…where does the sugar go when it is mixed in? Talk about how the sugar dissolves into the water and makes it sweet. Finally, taste the finished product. Is it still sour like a lemon? Is it sweet like sugar?

Now take your hard earned treat, find a cozy spot and read more about lemonade fun…


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