Don't let the summer go by without the kids opening a lemonade stand. It really is the perfect summer activity: the kids have fun being outside, and they learn the value of hard work and some basic business skills in the process!
The best part is that kids around 6 years old and older can do most of the work themselves while adults supervise for safety.
Here are some tips for kids who are planning to open a lemonade stand, and a shopping list of items to have on hand.
- Pick a location where people will be. Set up shop on a busy sidewalk or during an outdoor family party or garage sale.
- Keep the lemonade cold. Use an insulated cooler or store a second pitcher in the fridge for a quick swap.
- Keep your hands, pitchers and cups very clean! Use a clean washcloth to wipe down the area frequently.
- Make a sign with "LEMONADE" and your price. Twenty-five cents a cup is a good start.
- Use a change box. Make sure it has a lid and stock it with change and single dollar bills to make change for early customers.
- Stock plenty of cups, a garbage can, and extras like ice, lemon slices for garnish, a paper weight and a tip jar.
- Giving profits to charity? Be sure to mention it on your signs.
- Say, "Thank you" and "Have a great day!" to all your customers.
What You Need to Open a Lemonade Stand:
- Pitchers or an insulated cooler
- Cash box and starting change
- Cardboard and markers for sign
- Paper weight for flyers, sign and dollar bills
- Table and chair
- Sunscreen, umbrella, sunglasses
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