Cool and Cheap Summer Family Fun ~ Lemonade Stand

With the price of gas soaring, many families will be spending the summer months close to home.    That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

One fun idea is to open a lemonade stand.  It’s a great way to teach your children money skills, people skills and how hard work always pays off.  Best of all, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your children and bring back some childhood memories for you as well!

Lemonade stands have long been used by children to make a bit of money and pass the time on those warm summer days.  Children can create and run it pretty much on their own, with just a bit of help from adults or older siblings.   The process is one that children enjoy not only because it is fun, but because it is a fulfilling experience.

Making a lemonade stand doesn’t need to be hard.  Children can use cardboard boxes, or a table.  A wagon makes a great travelling lemonade stand.  Let them decorate it with yellow paper, streamers, and/or balloons.  Be sure to include a poster or sign on front!

Choose whether to use actual lemons or just lemonade powder.  Real lemons are a much better choice ~ as they are healthier and more authentic.   This homemade lemonade recipe is super easy to make with your kids. Perfect for lemonade stands, this is the fastest and most frugal way to make lemonade.

You will need:

  • 6 large lemons
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups of cold water
  1. Either squeeze or roll the lemons on a table before slicing in half.  This lets more juice come out.
  2. Cut up the lemons and squeeze them into a pitcher.
  3. Add water and sugar.  Stir until all the sugar dissolves.
  4. Pour into a paper cup, add a slice of fresh lemon and ice cubes.

These instructions for how to make lemonade are super simple and something your kids could easily make and sell at their summertime lemonade stand.

Now, have the children choose a location.  Ideal places might be the beach or a local park.   Children will also need cups, a money box with change, a smile….and a great attitude!!!

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