Lemon drop painting

Surely there is nothing that could brighten a cold winter day more than lemon drop painting…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

The children began their day by exploring lemons during our first morning circle.  We talked about different foods that might smell or taste like lemon, such as Jello or lemonade.  Then we passed whole lemons around our circle for each child to feel and smell…

Lemon drop painting

Then Deborah cut several lemons in half and passed them around the circle.  She invited the children to squeeze a bit of the lemon juice in their hands so that they may taste it…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

We were curious to see how many children would like the taste, so we made a chart.  Once all of the children had a chance to taste a lemon, we asked them to write their name in the column that best described how they felt about the lemons.  I think it was a tie…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

Then we read a sweet story called The Lemon Drop Jar by Christine Widman.  In this story, an aunt shows her young niece how a lemon drop can brighten even the dreariest of winter days.  It just so happened that we were also having a rather dreary winter day at preschool.  We wanted to see if lemon drops could brighten our day, as well…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

Deborah invited the children to gather round the art table.  She gave each child four lemon drops.  We asked the children to place their lemon drops in a cup and then invited them to pour a small amount of warm water in the cups…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

 As the children gently swished the water around in their cups, the lemon drops began to dissolve, transforming the water into beautiful lemon drop paint…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

The children were given small paintbrushes and pieces of paper to create a bright, sunny picture.  We also offered yellow tempera paint, which we scented with lemon juice (the lemon drop paint is very pale in color).  The children began painting their masterpieces and exploring the different types of paint…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

Many of the children chose to mix the paints, either in a cup or on their paper.  For this little guy, the process became more about exploring the consistency of the two paints.  He sat patiently diluting and mixing the two paints over and over until he was satisfied with their consistency, and only then could he begin painting…

Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool

When all of the lemon drop paintings were complete, Deborah and I decided that they should be hung on the wall for the remainder of the winter because they really did seem to brighten our day…Lemon drop painting by Teach Preschool


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Links to grow on:

Lemon sensory sink by My Nearest and Dearest

A little taste of science in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

When life hands you lemons by let the children play

L is for Lemon by Preschool Daze

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About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest February 1, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    What a lovely series of activities. So bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing a link to our Lemon Sensory Sink

  2. Linda February 1, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Such a wonderful activity. The colour and scent of lemon do brighten a winter day. You always come up with such interesting ideas, I feel like I want to be a student in your class! Also I guess today’s post was written by Courtney. Congratulations, Courtney, very well written post! 🙂

  3. Kylee February 1, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

    We did a very similar activity, but we used the book “Lemonade in Winter”. I think your class would enjoy it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 1, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

      We will have to look for that book Kylee! Thanks for the tip!

  4. Lauren February 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Adorable idea! We’re definitely going to have to give this a try.

  5. School Sparks Renee February 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I love the way you integrate so many senses! Thanks for sharing this wonderful lesson. Renee

  6. Story Snug February 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful idea! Have you tried painting with paint made out of other coloured boiled sweets?

  7. kewkew February 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    What a neat idea. Never would have thought to use Lemon Drops as paint. Thanks for sharing.

  8. JDaniel4's Mom February 2, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    What a wonderful way to bring bright and cheery fun into your class. I pinned this post.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 2, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Thank you for the pin!

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