Uncover the math learning opportunities of this classic summer activity.
Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Attention and Focus
What you need:
- streamers or balloons
- child-size table and chairs or big blocks
- large spoon
- small cups
- box or jar for money
- ice (optional)
What to do:
- Help your child write out the words LEMONADE STAND (and the price) onto a sign for the stand. Encourage her to add decorations such as yellow streamers or balloons that will catch people's attention.
- Use the recipe below to make lemonade together. Draw the ingredients and write the numbers for the amounts of each onto a large picture recipe. Invite your child to read it as you make the lemonade.
- Time to open for business! Invite your child to select a place outdoors to set up. Talk about how to be friendly when greeting people and how to not be too anxious to make a "sale." Remind your child that some people will not buy the lemonade — and that is okay. Ask an older sibling or grandparent to help kids with making change, but keep it simply priced (10¢ or 25¢ per cup).
- Once the big event is over, ask what she'd like to do with the money she has earned.
- For traditional lemonade, mix the juice of four lemons with 1 cup of sugar and 6 cups of water.
- Make pretty-in-pink lemonade by mixing in a very small amount of cranberry juice.
- Got mint? Add fresh sprigs to each glass as a delicious garnish.
- For low-sugar lemonade, mix 1 cup lemon juice, 2 cups white grape juice, and 3 quarts water.