Learn About Food Preservation & Harvest By Making Raisins



The weather is quickly cooling, but there may still be some sunny days left to try out this fun – and edible – science experiment! I also love the idea of teaching about harvest so this is a great application to learn about enjoying the rewards of hard work.

My girls and I had a wonderful time experimenting with some cute tiny grapes we found at a farmer’s market. We brainstormed what we could do with them and our first thought was… make raisins!


This is a simple lesson about food preservation and harvesting the fruit of your labor. We were studying Galatians 6:9 the week we made our raisins, so as we were picking the grapes we said it this way: “Let us not become weary in picking grapes for at the proper time we will reap a harvest of raisins if we do not give up!” It was a very practical and hands-on application of the verse. I’m starting to look for opportunities to apply the verses we are learning in this way more often. I am seeing how helpful it is for my girls for the scriptures to really sink in – and it’s helpful for me too!


We had such a great time with this activity that I decided to make a lesson pack for other families to use with their PK1 kids. I’ve made different worksheets for preschool, kindergarten and first grade students so you can choose what’s best for your child.

I hope your family enjoys this activity as much as we did! Be sure to take a look at the additional resources below the download link so you can expand your lesson.



Additional learning resources:

Encyclopedia Britannica entry on dehydration: http://www.britannica.com/topic/dehydration-food-preservation

More information about food dehydration: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/348/348-597/348-597.html

Recipes for your raisins:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-35813

Cinnamon Raisin Bread: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/6779/cinnamon-raisin-bread-i/

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread (no yeast): http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cinnamon-raisin-quick-bread


Here is a great video to see how raisins are made commercially:

Did your kids love this project? See what else you can dehydrate with a food dehydrator: {affiliate link}

Did your family use this lesson? How did it go? Please leave me a comment and let me know!

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2017-03-08T23:04:59+00:00 October 5th, 2015|1st Grade, Beyond 1st Grade, Kindergarten, Preschool, Science|14 Comments


  1. Jenn Roberts October 6, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    AWESOME lesson! I love that you also included the links to the definition, and a video! I’ve already pinned this to my science board and plan on sharing this with my kids on a “Fun Friday!” Thanks for the lesson idea!

    • Jenn Roberts October 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      oh, also, thanks for linking up this week on my blog!

      • pk1admin October 7, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

        Sure thing, and thanks for the linkup! I’ll be pouring through your site – looks like you’re a bit ahead of me homeschooling 3 girls also?? =)

    • pk1admin October 7, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you like it and thanks for the feedback! Come back and let me know how your kids liked it 🙂

  2. JenniferDHS October 8, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

    What a great unit! I’d love for you to post your fall/harvest themed activities at my fall-themed linkup: http://www.dearhomeschooler.com/themes-fall

    • pk1admin October 8, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

      I definitely will, thanks so much! 🙂

  3. Eva October 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I love your download worksheets. Such a great resource! We haven’t done raisins yet, but we did other dehydrating experiments and kids enjoyed them very much!
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    • pk1admin October 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Oh thanks so much! Yes some of the best school lessons are ones you can eat 🙂

  4. Branson October 12, 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

    I loooove the Scripture tie-in here! Such a great activity! Sorry I am late getting around to comment this week! The new #ParentTeacherMeetUp is up now! 😉
    Branson recently posted…Homeschool Week-in-Review {#ParentTeacherMeetUp – Week 5}My Profile

    • pk1admin October 13, 2015 at 6:11 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hi! 🙂 I’m really enjoying the sense of community I’m getting from connecting with all these homeschool mommas 🙂 I added my Jolly Pumpkin unit to your linkup, I hope someone out there is blessed by it 🙂

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