Explore and Play: Orange Juice

Squeeze oranges to make your own juice.


  • oranges, one per child, cut in half
  • one orange, peeled and sectioned  
  • manual juicer
  • strainer
  • cups

Key Science Concepts

  • Many of the foods we eat come from plants
  • We eat certain leaves, roots, fruits, and seeds
  • Fruits have seeds.


Tell children they are going to make their own orange juice. Ask them how they think orange juice might be made.

  1. Have children wash their hands.
  2. Give each child two of the pre-cut orange halves and a section of the peeled orange. Ask them to compare the peeled orange and the cut orange.
  3. Demonstrate how to use a juicer to squeeze the juice from an orange half. After juicing the half, show children how to pour the juice through a strainer and into a cup.

Reflect and Share

As they drink their juice, ask children to describe what oranges smell and taste like. Ask them what they noticed when they strained their juice: what was left over in the strainer? They can eat the pulp and the peeled orange as well.

Have children collect the seeds and add them to the Seed Museum.