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Tips for Helping Kids Set Up a Lemonade Stand

Jul 21, 2016
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Lemonade stand and pink flowers 

Nothing says “summer” like seeing kids running a lemonade stand. Mine ask to set up their own stand on a nearly daily basis. I supervise, but I usually let them run with it themselves because I know how fun it can be. However, from past experience I’ve learned a few helpful tips so you can help guide your kids to plan, set up and run their own lemonade stands. With a little help, kids can have a successful experience all on their own. Here are a few tips to help your little ones feel prepared and empowered to open up their own lemonade stand this summer.

1. Help them choose the best location

If your kids are really looking to make money (perhaps they are saving up for something special or want to donate it to a charity), you’ll want to help them set up at the right location. The more foot traffic, the more turnout they’ll have. Good ideas are a busy corner, a neighborhood rummage sale or event, or even as a special project with a school or church festival (with permission, of course!). Of course, you’ll need to invest some time in helping them travel there and set up (plus supervision of course). If you want to let them just run with it, have them set up in your front yard. My kids do this all the time, because for them it’s more about having fun than making money.

2. Put them in charge of set up (and clean up)

Once you’ve decided on the location, they’ll need to set up. This can be as simple as a folding table or cardboard box. You’ll want a place to set up lemonade, cups and a box or jar for money. My kids often just host lemonade stands for our neighborhood kids (who sip in the shade in our yard), so we like to serve lemonade in mason jars versus disposable cups. My kids are in charge of setting up, washing the cups and cleaning up. They actually like being responsible for the whole thing! They’ll also want to make a sign to advertise how much their lemonade costs! This is a great lesson for them to start understanding money as well.

3. Teach them about being friendly to the “customers”

If your kids are like mine, they’ll just be giggling and having so much fun selling lemonade and playing “shop” that you won’t need to worry about bad customer service. But, I always like to give them a little extra “to-do,” like suggesting they ask each customer a fun question like “what is your favorite animal” or “what is the last book your read.” Sometimes, the conversation ends up being their favorite part of the whole experience!

Do you have fond memories of running a lemonade stand? What are your tips?

Photo Courtesy of Tori Tait.


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