Preparing key lime pie with little helpers, I realized our taste buds and our handwriting skills would benefit from our efforts. Little fingers reach for half a key lime, then squeeze citrus juice into a bowl, a perfect way for our littles to help prepare treats in the kitchen and strengthen fine motor skills needed to write. Thirty-five key limes later, we were ready to mix--another opportunity to strengthen muscles!
We strengthened muscles but we also built conversation skills and did a little learning. Here is what we did:
- We compared the size, color, and taste of key limes to oranges, limes, grapefruits, and lemons. Order by size. (Math, Science)
- Defined and discussed spheres in regards to the citrus. Found other spheres around the house.
- Measure the circumferences of several types of citrus with a string. Then measure the strings on a ruler to compare circumferences. Lay strings in order, shortest to longest. (Math)
- Count the fruit sections of an orange, lime, key lime, grapefruit, and lemon. Are they the same or different? (Math, Critical Thinking)
- Read the book Each Orange Had 8 Slices, Paul Giganti, Jr.
- Draw still life pictures of the fruit, practicing shading techniques. (Art)
- Set the oven at 375 degrees. Write the temperature on a piece of paper using numbers and degrees symbol. (Math)
- Set a kitchen timer for the length of time the pie will bake. Write the ending time on the piece of paper with the oven temperature.(Math)
- When the pie cools, discuss the definitions of diameter and radius. Measure the diameter of the cooled pie. Divide by 2 to find the radius. (Math)