How to Build a Lemonade Stand
How to make a sturdy display table, with instructions for parents and kids
When the sun is hot and kids are bored, there's nothing better to get them motivated than a project that comes with a built-in reward. This old-fashioned lemonade stand is sure to spark some creative interest, along with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit.
The stand is easy to assemble—slotted construction means no nails or screws—it's sturdy and colorful, and it comes apart quickly for storage. There's even a bonus: If kids need to display a science fair project or perform this week's puppet show, the table works just as well inside.
Overview to Build a Lemonade Stand
This sturdy stand holds together the same way cardboard store displays do, with slots that fit into one another. The slots need to be just slightly longer than half the length of the smaller pieces so that all the edges are at an even height when the pieces are mated. The top of the stand has notches in the corners to fit around the interlocking sides. It helps to keep the whole assembly sturdy by bracing the pieces square to one another.
Parents should take on the job of sawing the slots and notches. But there's a lot to keep kids busy with this project: They can sand, paint, and make the sign. And once the table is all set up on a busy stretch of sidewalk, they can mix up a pitcher of ice-cold lemonade and prepare for the thirsty crowds to come running.