Growing Up

Cooking with Kids: Orange Juice

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cut oranges


Ok, so it is not cooking, per se, but we did get into the kitchen and do cooking-type things.  We made orange juice for breakfast from the abundant supply of oranges I got the other day.

First, we rolled the oranges to get the juice broken up inside the peels.  This was a motor activity that challenged G a little bit.  She has the concept of throwing, but not rolling.  So we worked a little bit on this.Orange juice

Then, we counted the oranges (same amount we started with – we didn’t lose any along the way!).


Then, I cut the oranges in half.  I said the same thing each time: “I have one orange.  I cut it in half and now I have 2!”  I would show her the whole one, then the cut one each time.  We lined them up on the cutting board (and counted them again).Orange juice 2


orange juice 4


Next, we pushed the oranges down on the juicer and watched the juice collect in the cup below.  This turned into me doing and G watching while she ate oranges.  During the process, she learned what bitter is – the peel.

orange bitter

Once we had all the orange halves juiced, we strained the juice into an orange cup with an orange straw and enjoyed!orange juice 5

Some of the things we worked on while doing this basic activity:

  • Counting
  • Vocabulary: rolling, half, bitter, peel, pulp.
  • Motor skills: rolling and pushing down (and eating an unpeeled orange slice – if that counts).
  • Cause and effect: pushing the orange down on the juicer caused the volume of the juice in the cup to rise.
  • Sequence of events: As we did the activity, I talked G through each aspect and when we were done we reviewed the steps in order.


Lots to learn in the kitchen with such a simple project!  Fun!


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  • Reply Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest February 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Great post, Leah! What a fun way to spend time together and incorporate learning. I love spending time with my son in the kitchen (he’s 32 months) but we’ve never made orange juice. We’ll have to try it!

    • Reply ussleah February 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Thank you for the encouragement and for leaving a comment! Isn’t it fun to see them make connections in the kitchen? G just got a kitchen for Christmas and she loves pretending to make different foods!

  • Reply Sara Nicholas February 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    What fun memories you are going to have!! I just love all the pictures too. So sweet.

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