Simple Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Lemonade Recipe
When I think of a refreshing summer’s drink, Lemonade is usually one of the first drinks that springs to mind.  So after receiving a bag of lemons from our neighbours recently, we thought we would give making homemade lemonade a try.  This is the Simple Homemade Lemonade Recipe we came up with! 
Involving the kids is a great way of opening up the many learning opportunities that comes with cooking with kids.  The social interactions, processing information, following directions and instructions, problem solving and coordination and so much more!
Please note this recipe involves using boiling water, this part of the recipe is to be completed by an adult and as with all cooking activities with kids should be fully supervised.
What you will need?
1 Cup of Freshly Squeezed Lemon (Approx. 3 medium lemons)
2 Cups Boiling Water
1 Cup Cold Water
1 ¼ Cups Caster Sugar
Slices of Lemon
Lemonade Recipe
  1. Boil the kettle and place sugar into a heat proof container or jug.
  2. Remove and squeeze juice from lemons.
  3. Add boiling water to sugar and stir carefully until all dissolved.
  4. Add cold water and lemon juice to the sugary water mixture.
  5. Refrigerate until cool.
  6. Add slices of lemon and ice.
Benefits of Cooking with Kids
Learning Opportunities
So much learning happens when we cook with kids….
  • Sensory- hands on feeling and manipulating the dough through the senses.
  • Fine motor skills- strengthening little muscles through manipulation and moulding the cookie dough.
  • Hand and eye coordination- watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Language development – cooking is a social activity requiring speaking and listening, also developing vocabulary.
  • Self-esteem- a sense of pride and achievement.
  • Numeracy- measuring quantities.
Download and print the full recipe here:  Printable Simple Homemade Lemonade Recipe
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How to Make Salt Dough Recipe?

How to make salt dough and recipe
This is a super easy Salt Dough Recipe.  Salt Dough is a wonderful product that is used to create crafts, sculptures and ornaments.  It can be easily made at home using 3 basic ingredients and then placed in the oven to dry out.
You can download and print this recipe here:  Printable Salt Dough Recipe 
A cup salt
2 cups of flour
¾ cup of water
  1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  3. Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
  4. Make your creations using the salt dough.
  5. Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C.  The amount of time needed to bake depends on the size and thickness of the salt dough creations.
Tips & Ideas:
  • Store your salt dough in an air tight container as it keeps well for a few days.
  • You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.
  • Salt dough can also be aired dried and is an alternative to oven drying. 
  • Involve the kids in making the salt dough as this encourages and promotes so many learning opportunities, plus it is so much fun!
Salt Dough Activities on Learning4kids & Around the Web:
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Mother’s Day Cookie Treat

Thank you for all the hundreds and thousands of things you do for me. 
Happy Mother’s Day!
I think all those wonderful mums out there would agree that some days it may seem like even more, haha!
I had such a great time making these yummy Hundreds and Thousands Heart Cookies with my girls as this is what Mother’s Day is all about for me, doing the things you love and sharing special moments together with them.  I love to cook with my kids because it is actively spending time with them.  You could always share this with the other half as a way of saying ‘hint, hint…..nudge, nudge’ or make some of these cookies for a special Grandmother.
You will need an Easy Cookie Dough Recipe, heart shaped cookie cutter, coloured sprinkles (100s & 1000s), rolling pin, cooking wax paper, icing sugar and baking tray.
For full Cookie Dough recipe and instructions click here:  Easy Cookie Dough Recipe
Click here to download and print the quote: Printable Quote – 100′s & 1000s
Miss 4 helping to make the cookies, kneading the dough and then stamping out the heart shapes with the cookie cutter.
Tip: Roll out the dough on top of wax cooking paper; this prevents the dough sticking to the bench and makes it easy to transfer to the baking tray.
Icing the cookies and then placing them face down onto a plate of sprinkles.  This cookie didn’t make it to the plate as Miss 4 couldn’t resist eating it!
I have put a small amount of food colouring in the icing to make a soft pink colour.
Here are some other ideas for presenting the cookies and message.  You can also make a Mother’s Day card with this message written on the front and glue on some colourful sprinkles around it.
On Mother’s Day share these yummy Hundreds and Thousand Heart Cookies with the kids for a lovely morning tea. 
Wishing all the beautiful Mums’ and other important women in our children’s lives a very special Mother’s Day!
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Making Honeycomb – Exploring Bi-Carbonate Soda

After making our Homemade Volcano and watching the excitement on my kids’ faces as the vinegar and bicarbonate soda reacted together, I thought I would extend the fun, fizzing and frothing into the kitchen by making some simple homemade honeycomb.
What you will need?
You will need a large saucepan and baking tray. 
The ingredients are:
1 Cup White Sugar
¼ Cup Golden Syrup
3 Tablespoons Water
2 Teaspoons Bicarbonate Soda
Combine the sugar, golden syrup and water into the saucepan and place onto the stove to heat and dissolve the mixture. Bring the mixture to boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
The fun and exciting part:  Remove from the heat and add the bicarbonate soda and mix it through carefully.  Be careful the mixture is very hot!  The mixture will increase in size, do not over mix.
Pour the mixture into the tin to cool and refrigerate.
To take a closer look at the Honeycomb there are numerous bubbles, some really small and others much bigger.  Some of the bubbles can be seen in the photos that have popped.  They are also noticeable when you cut the honeycomb up into pieces for eating.
The bicarbonate soda and vinegar reaction explained
The acid in the vinegar (golden syrup) reacts with the sodium bicarbonate in baking soda to form an unstable carbonic acid which breaks down and creates carbon dioxide.  The bubbles that you see from the reaction are the carbon dioxide escaping the solution that is left.  Carbon dioxide is heavier than air so it overflows the container and makes the solution appear to be doubling in size.
Download and print a copy of the recipe here: Printable Honeycomb Recipe
Click on the image to find out How to Make a Homemade Volcano?:
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Rocky Road Easter Gift for Teachers

Homemade Teacher Gift Idea
All my kids have been blessed this year with the most beautiful teachers; even my little Miss 20 months has a music teacher and she absolutely adores her.  This Easter we have been making Rocky Road as a thank you and happy holiday gift for them.  I feel it is important to involve my kids in making gifts for their teachers as it teaches them so many wonderful values but particularly the joy of giving!  Plus, so much learning happens when we are cooking with kids!
What you will need?
1 cup of pink and white mini marshmallows
1 cup crushed nuts (optional)
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup chopped raspberry lollies (chopped into quarters)
350g chopped chocolate
You will also need a clear glass jar and Easter themed ribbon.
You can print the full recipe here: Homemade Rocky Road Recipe
Let’s make it!
Chop the raspberry lollies into quarter parts and line a tray with foil – approx. 8 x 26cm
I showed my girls the correct and safe way to use and hold a knife and they had a great time.  Slowly they found their own way to cutting up the raspberry lollies. 
In a large bowl mix together the marshmallows, raspberry lollies, coconut and nuts.
Next we melted the chocolate in microwave for about 1 – 2 mins, added the chocolate to the marshmallow mixture and then stirred the mixture well.
Press the mixture firmly and evenly onto the tin and refrigerate until set.  When the Rocky Road is ready cut it into thin slices.
The best part of cooking – licking the spoons and bowls while we wait for the Rocky road to set! Yum!
To personalise the rocky road gift, the kids each made an egg shaped Easter card and we threaded it through the ribbon when we tied it up.
Cooking with kids has so many learning benefits, the social interactions, processing information, mathematics, following directions, problem solving, coordination and most importantly it is so much fun!
Other great Rocky Road Recipes to check out! I just LOVE these blogs!!
The gorgeous Deb over at Aspiring Mum (thanks for the jar idea!)– Easter Treats
And the gorgeous Katy over at The Imperfect Housewife – 3 Ingredients Rocky Road
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