Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lemonade Stand Learning

It is a hot, summer day, and your children ask if they can set up a lemonade stand in front of the house.
You say "Sure!" thinking it may keep them busy outside while you get some things done around the house.

Did you ever stop to think of what an AMAZING learning opportunity this is for your children?
Don't feel bad.  I'm sure most people haven't.
Therefor, let me share some of the many ways your children can learn through this fun, summer activity.
I've brainstormed a list of ways you can make your child's lemonade stand more than just "something to do" on a hot, sunny day!  If you have any other ideas to add, please share them!!

Check out the amazing lemonade stand my husband and father-in-law built for my kiddos!
They built it.  I painted it.  The kids create signs depending on what they are selling that day.

They even have a great counter space and storage for coolers below to keep their juice out of the heat.

How Lemonade Stands Can Promote Learning

- Children can practice reading and writing skills by creating their own signs and posters.
- Your child can practice reading and writing by creating a shopping list of the items they will need.
- Children can read labels and follow the directions when making lemonade and other items they might sell at their stand.
- Encourage your child to write down ideas for items they could sell or the supplies they will need to gather.
- Have your child create a plan for their business.
- Critique at the end of the day:  What went well?  What did not?  What would they do differently next time?  Would they do it again?  Did they make a profit?  Was it fun?

- Help your child determine prices, and what the costs for each item is.  What is their profit at their chosen price?
- Calculating sale totals and counting money at the end of the day.
- Your child will need to know their coins, their value, how to count money, total a sale, and how to make change.
- Have your child keep track of their time, their sales, inventory, and customers each day.
- Children use math when following recipes!  How many cups of sugar, lemon juice, or water to make a pitcher of lemonade?
- Can your child calculate how many cups of lemonade they must sell to earn a profit for that day?
- How many cups of lemonade will your child be able to sell from each pitcher of lemonade?
- Let your child find ways of decreasing their costs.  What package of cups is the most cost-effective decision?
- Is it less expensive to make lemonade from scratch, to buy pre-made, or concentrate?  What are the price differences?

Social/Life Skills
- Shopping!  Let your child play an active part in making the purchase decisions.
- Interacting with customers is a great way for your child to practice their social skills.
- Preparing Orders/Drinks - following directions!
- Using manners and learning how to provide friendly, quality service.
- Counting Money
- Encourages Teamwork (if working with other children)

Art & Creativity
- Do you have a name?  Have your child come up with a catchy name for their lemonade stand.
- Creating signage.  Let your child create special artwork or posters to promote their stand.
- What makes your lemonade stand different?  What can your child do to make sure their stand is noticed?
- Ask your child what might attract people to their stand?  Do they sell something unique and interesting?
- Perhaps your child has designed or created their own stand, or played a part in doing so.

Business Sense
- Children can determine how to market their stand or their products.
- Determining the best prices and products to sell.   Do you just sell lemonade?  What is "your strategy"?
- What times are the best to sell?  Where is the best location?
- What will people want to buy?
- Have your child consider, "Why would people want to buy my __________?"
- Have your child critique their business when all is said and done.  (refer back to language)

Social Studies
- When would people be most likely to buy your products?  Are there times of the day or days of the week where you are likely to get more patrons?
- What kinds of things would people be most interested in buying where you live?  Are there lots of kids, or more adults?  Do people prefer sweeter drinks, or would cold water be more popular?
- Is your home a place where you would get enough traffic to make it worth while?  If not, is there another place you might be more successful?  Would a mobile stand be possible?

- How hot is it outside?  What will you need to keep your products cool for your customers?
- Does the temperature outside effect your business?  Are there more or less people out in the heat?  Do your sales increase with the temperature?

- What do you need to do to keep your stand a healthy environment?  Do you use gloves? Wash hands? etc.
- Do you have food items that will be unsafe to eat if they are not kept cold? or not cooked well enough?
- What about your child's health?  Do they have something to provide shade on a hot, sunny day?  Are they covered with sunscreen and adequately hydrated if they are out selling on a hot day?
- Do you want to offer healthy food and drink options at your stand?  What might those items be?  What makes them healthy choices?

Here's to Summer Fun and Learning!!


  1. We are painting the front of our stand with Chalkboard paint and purchasing a box of colorful chalks for fun artwork and signs! Don't forget to add an Umbrella (and SPF) for keeping your children's beautiful skin out of the harmful summer sun!

  2. Fabulous! And I'm so jealous of that beautiful stand!

  3. Oh my, what an amazing lemonade stand!! So cool! This is what childhood memories are made of! Brilliant.


  4. How fun! And how nice that you all helped to build an actual stall! Fabulous!

    Would love for you to link this up at Friday's Outdoor Play linky!

  5. This is do darling! And don't forget the lesson of compassion for another who may not have the $ for the lemonade stand treats!

  6. Those are some great lessons! And love your lemonade stand. Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

  7. What an awesome post. I can't wait for my little bugs to get a bit bigger so we can do this together! Reminds me of selling popcorn and koolaid... :)
    Would love for you to link at my summer long link party!

    "Life's a Picnic!" party!

  8. Yeah, that is a brilliant idea.... I just showed it to my 7 year old son and in 2 minutes we've come up with our lemonade stand idea by using the old microwave cart!!! Yay, for awesome blogs, thanks for sharing!

  9. love it learning while having fun and making some money as well what more could you ask for

  10. Love this! I had one growing up and loved it!!

  11. What an awesome post and a great hands on learning activity for the kids! My kids would love this. :) Stopping over from Smilemonsters. Here's my Friday post:

  12. So cute! I've been thinking about doing a lemonade stand with my little girl! This looks SO fun!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  13. Wonderful Idea! I loved running our little lemonade stand with my sister and other neighborhood kids when I was young. I cant wait to do this with my daughter when she is older.

  14. Crafty cuteness + learning...what could be better!!!
    I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  15. What a fantastic stand and full of wonderful learning opportunities too.

  16. Love your blog! its so cute!! I am your newest follower!! Here is my blog also if you would like to follow me back. I am new to this, but I am excited to share my ideas on the love of food.. Also I will be giving away free stuff like my mineral make-up line. so take a look.. And watch out for it. :)

  17. Love this. A lemonade stand is always on our to do list each summer.:) I'm following from Fingerprints on the Fridge...would love to have you link this up at my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. :)


  18. Who would have thought?! Yes, so much "hidden" learning in all sorts of fun activities! Thank you for a fab post!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty! Always fab to see you there!


  19. I love lemonade stands, and yours is darling! I love the elements of learning your incorporate as well. I just did a lemonade party and made lemonade stand kits...nothings better than lemonade & summer!

  20. Love this! I featured it on my blog today- come on by and check it out!


  21. Such a cute lemonade stand, love it! thanks for sharing at my party last week :) I featured it today!

  22. This is amazing! My children have been wanting to have a lemonade stand and we have a tree full of lemons in the backyard! This has really given me something to think about ~ thank you so much!

  23. Im impressed these kids know how to make money.


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