Kid Gift Idea: Lemonade/Cocoa Stand

Bear and Ladybug had been asking us to have a lemonade stand all summer last year and unfortunately, we just never got around to it. When Christmas rolled around, we thought they would still be excited to have a lemonade stand even if it was a few months late.

I built the stand in our entryway in one afternoon.

I started pinterest searching and found lots of different plans. The plan we went with is here: Fantabulosity Lemonade Stand. Building this took one trip to Home Depot and one afternoon of time. It was built entirely my yours truly with some simple power tool use. I did make a few small changes to the plan:

  1. Only one crate is flipped to the front. I did this in order to provide more storage in the back.
  2. I put the rods for the sign on the inside of the crates, not the outside. This was to clean up the outside edge of the stand and make sure little bodies wouldn’t bump into the rough edges of the rods.
  3. I used a drill and sturdy screws in addition to hammering in small nails. This was just to make sure it would last, especially since we were planning to have it live in their playroom when not in use outside.
We celebrated our family Christmas a little early since we were traveling over the holiday. They ran first to the stand and were most excited about that gift.

And the result…. Very happy kids who happily sold hot cocoa and homemade cinnamon rolls to our neighbors on a December Saturday morning. I posted on our neighborhood facebook page that the kids were out and what they were selling. I also put a cup with some quarters at the corner just in case someone didn’t have cash but still wanted to come by. The kids had a lot of fun and were excited to count the money they earned and put it in their banks. They are looking forward to having a lemonade stand this summer already.

They had a lot of fun!

When the stand is not in use in front of our house, we have it in their playroom where they use it as a grocery store and restaurant.

They have used it to sell groceries, cookies, meals, toys, and all sorts of things.

I thought I would share this now in case anyone was looking for Easter or birthday ideas for their kids.

Have a great day!
Mel

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