Fun for kids – Lemonade Stand

A lemonade stand is a great opportunity for your kids to work on their money skills, but it’s also a good opportunity for them to make a difference this summer.  Work with your children to choose a charity that they really care about, and donate all your earnings! Not to mention, any time your child works in the kitchen, she’s practicing her measuring and fraction skills and building on her ability to follow directions.  Here’s a recipe for lemonade and the stand to go with it!

What You Need:

  • Juicer or fork
  • Lemons
  • Pitchers
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Cold Water
  • Ice
  • Sugar
  • Paper cups

What You Do:

Setting Up Your Lemonade Stand:

  • A sturdy table
  • Bright fabric or a tablecloth to cover the table
  • Sturdy paper
  • Strong string
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch
  • Paper cups

What to Do:

1.  Start by helping your child choose a location.  Look for a place that has tree branches, porch railings or other sturdy structures from which to hang your banner.  This can be near your home or at a park near by.

2.  Have your child trace and cut out the letters in the phrase “LEMONADE $.75” (or whatever price you decide to charge).  If you don’t make the price an even dollar amount, it’s a good opportunity for kids to practice making change.  Each letter should be big enough to see from a ways away – about the same size as a standard sheet of paper.  To make it easier, you can print each letter from your computer and make them big enough so that they are each on one full sheet of paper.  Then let your children use that as a template.

3.  Use a glue stick to paste each letter onto a contrasting sheet of paper.  Let dry.

4.  Use a hole punch to punch two evenly spaced holes at the top of each sheet of paper.  Slide the paper onto the string so that they spell the phrase correctly, then attach each end to a structure behind the lemonade stand so that the sign is clearly visible.

5.  Cover your table with the bright tablecloth, set out your paper cups, and you’ve got the perfect spot for a summertime lemonade stand.

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