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Fun things to make and do with Outspan fruit…

Lemon volcano

Make a fun and easy lemon squeezy volcano with things in your kitchen.

What you need
  • 2 lemons per volcano
  • Baking soda
  • Food colouring
  • Lolly stick
  • Dish soap
  • Tray
  • Cup & Spoons
What to do
  1. Get a grown-up to slice out the core from the top of one of your lemons and cut a slice off the bottom to make it sit flat.
  2. Ask a grown-up to make extra lemon juice by slicing your second lemon in half and juicing it. Pour the extra juice into a cup keep it nearby.
  3. Put your cored lemon on a tray. Use your lolly stick or a spoon to squish the centre of the lemon to bring out the juices. Make sure you keep all the juice in the lemon!
  4. Put a few drops of food colouring into the centre of the lemon.
  5. Squirt a bit of dish soap into the lemon. This will make the bubbles froth up more.
  6. Carefully put a spoonful of baking soda into the lemon. It will start to fizz. Stir the lemon juice inside the lemon to get it foaming well.
  7. To keep your volcano going, keep adding more baking soda, lemon juice, food colouring, and dish soap. You can also give the lemon a squeeze to release more juice.
Why does it foam?

Lemon juice contains citric acid, while baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate. The acid and the baking soda react to form sodium citrate and carbon dioxide – the same gas you find in fizzy drinks. This causes the mixture to fizz and bubble.

Citrus stamp painting

Create fun paintings or even make your own wrapping paper.

What you need
  • 2 or 3 lemons or oranges, sliced in half
  • Lots of paper
  • Acrylic paint in your favourite colours
  • Some plastic bowls to put the paint in
What to do
  1. Get a grown up to cut the fruit in half so you can do the next step.
  2. Juice the fruit with a hand juicer. Tip: save the juice so you can use it later!
  3. Put each paint colour into its own bowl. Make sure you have a lemon half for each colour.
  4. Dip the open half of the fruit into the paint and press down gently on the paper.
  5. Keep stamping with different colours and patterns to make fun citrus paintings!

Invisible ink

Write secret messages using invisible ink!

What you need
  • Lemon juice
  • Paper
  • Paintbrush or cotton bud
  • Candle or hair dryer
What to do
  1. Put lemon juice into a bowl.
  2. Paint the juice onto your paper with a paint brush or cotton bud. You can write a message or draw a picture.
  3. Wait for the paper to dry.
  4. Give your message or painting to a grown up and ask them to guess what’s on it.
  5. When they can’t guess, tell them to watch while you heat the paper with a candle or hair dryer. Be careful that you don’t hold it there too long, as it could burn the paper.

Orange peel garland

Make a pretty orange peel garland to hang in your Christmas tree.

What you need
  • Oranges
  • A knife to cut the oranges in half (grown-ups only)
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Baking sheet
  • Hand juicer
  • Spoon
What to do
  1. Get a grown up to cut some oranges in half so you can do the next step.
  2. Juice the oranges with a hand juicer. Tip: save the juice so you can drink it later!
  3. Scrape the orange peels clean with a spoon.
  4. Flatten the orange peels out a bit then cut them into shapes with your scissors. Try making hearts, triangles, diamonds, rectangles, squares and stars.
  5. Put the orange peel shapes on a baking tray and bake them in the oven at 200F (100C) for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until dry.
  6. Put the dried and cooled peels on a flat surface and get a grown up to poke two holes into each shape with a thumbtack.
  7. String twine through the holes of each shape and make a beautiful garland!