It’s a sweltering July day and the kids are playing video games. Again. Then you think back to your paper route when you delivered the news up hill in no shoes, and your first lemonade stand when you sold 10 cent Dixie cups full of that delicious, thirst-quenching lemonade… It’s time for a revisit with the time-tested lemonade stand, isn’t it?
With just 2 dollars, you can have a simple, eco-friendly lemonade stand which will be a fun way to hang with your kids and a great way to teach them the basics on business while staying green.
To start, take your 2 dollar budget and head over to the store to buy as many lemons as you can. While there, ask to have 3 or 4 empty boxes they were planning on tossing anyway. When you get home, have the kids deconstruct the boxes and with markers and paints, turn them into some simple, homemade signage to put around the neighborhood and in front of the lemonade stand.
It’s time to make the lemonade.
Prep time: 20 minutes
2 cups sugar
3 cups water (for the simple syrup)
3 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
9 to 12 cups cold water
1. Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and 3 cups of water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 9 to 12 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength.
3. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.
Checklist and Setup
What you’ll need:
Make sure your table is in a visible and convenient place to gain foot traffic. And as you’re getting set up, let your neighbors know there’s a lemonade stand coming for their mouth-watering needs. When setting your price point, consider how much you invested so that you can at least double your profits (ie., if you spend 2 dollars on 20 cups of lemonade, you’ll need to charge at least 20 cents per cup).
Any Way You Slice It
The key is to keep it simple and easy, and the pay off will be grand—financial or not. Seeing your kids take on a project like this in the summer sun will be it’s own awesome reward.