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Lemonade Stand in a Bucket

This DIY lemonade stand in a bucket makes a wonderful gift for kids at the start of summer! It’s a fun way to encourage entrepreneurship, while keeping kids busy in the summer! Learn how to make a simple lemonade stand kit to start off summer with the kids!

This DIY lemonade stand in a bucket makes a wonderful gift for kids at the start of summer! It's a fun way to encourage entrepreneurship, while keeping kids busy in the summer! Learn how to make a simple lemonade stand kit to start off summer with the kids!

DIY Lemonade Stand in a Bucket

I got this idea from my son’s preschool teachers back when we lived in Massachusetts. It made a wonderful end-of-school year gift that all of my children loved! This DIY lemonade stand kit also makes a fantastic birthday gift idea for kids, especially children with summer birthdays.

This DIY lemonade stand in a bucket makes a wonderful gift for kids at the start of summer! It's a fun way to encourage entrepreneurship.

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How to Make a Lemonade Stand Kit

The kit my son’s teachers gave him came with small containers of lemonade mix (old baby food containers), plastic cups, straws, and napkins, as well as a set of markers. I think it makes a brilliant summer gift for kids!

lemonade stand in a bucket

Johnny’s fabulous preschool teachers sent him home at the end of the year with this adorable lemonade stand in a bucket! He and the girls had so much fun with it!

You can make a deluxe kit or a simple one! Really, though you only need:

  • A pitcher (we recommend plastic since this is for kids!)
  • A good lemonade recipe or lemonade mix. We recommend a recipe if you have a child who loves to cook in a home where parents can handle the cooking! Try a mix for families that prefer less mess wherever possible.
  • A nice spoon for stirring. I especially love wooden spoons.
  • Disposable cups. Plastic is more common, but paper is usually more eco-friendly.

That’s it!

Pretend Play Shop Ideas

Kids don’t have to sell lemonade to practice entrepreneurship! Here are some other fun pretend play shop ideas for kids.

Shop Ideas for Kids

Fun ways for kids to play at shopping from the comfort of your home, plus skills they are learning through play.

Please share photos if you make one of these lemonade stand kits for you child!

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

35 thoughts on “Lemonade Stand in a Bucket”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    Fabulous! My kids are constantly creating pretend meals for all sorts of occasions. This is developmentally appropriate, open-ended, inexpensive, and FUN!

    And isn’t Johnny looking so grown-up??!!

    1. He is looking very grown-up lately! But I love that he’s still my little boy, too (treasuring every last minute, too!)

  2. That is really a fun gift idea! When my now 26-year-old was about 4 she decided she needed to have a lemonade stand. We were visiting my parents at the time so of course the grandparents indulged her… never mind that they live so far out in the boonies that there was no hope of walk-by customers! The great-grandparents from across the road came over to patronize her stand. There was no set price but a handful of change was much better than a dollar bill in her little mind! So cute!

    1. I think it’s easier or harder depending on where you live. We are currently in an area where they are pretty common, which makes it easier to say yes.

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