I’m lucky to live on a block with a bunch of kids ranging in age from 2 to 12. Sometimes it can be hard to involve everyone in the same game or play, but that’s never the case with a lemonade stand. The big kids take turns making lemonade and snacks, my kindergartener draws the sign, and the little ones work hard on sales — because who can resist a pudgy 3-year-old selling ice cold lemonade?
And, of course, they all take part in counting the money.
This summer, I’m stepping up the neighborhood game with some homemade lemonade stand snacks. For easy ideas the kids can (mostly) make themselves, here are five treats that are as tasty as they are fun.
Photo: DIY Lemonade Stand | See Vanessa Crafts
First off, if you have time to plan, check out the insanely adorable, crafty, and cool DIY Lemonade Stand at See Vanessa Crafts (above). It’s quite the project, I know, but if you have some big kids with idle hands, it makes an awesome challenge (with plenty of helpful photos and step-by-step instructions).
Nectarine Ginger Lemonade | At the Corner of Happy & Harried
Whether you make a cute stand or just throw out a folding table and chairs, you’ll need lemonade. Classic is always good, but draw a crowd with these easy fruit lemonade recipes. The Nectarine Ginger Lemonade from At the Corner of Happy & Harried is sure to get the adults spending cash too.
One more thing before we get to the easy lemonade stand snack recipes: If your kids are serious about their lemonade stand business, you might want to pick up a copy of this fantastic cookbook. The Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Strahs is an all-in-one handbook with tons of suggestions, recipes, and crafts that kids can follow and make themselves.
5 kid-friendly lemonade stand snacks
Watermelon Slice Popsicles | Nutrition Stripped
At Cool Mom Eats, we go a little crazy for summer watermelon hacks including these easy Watermelon Slice Popsicles spied at Nutrition Stripped. They are my kids’ favorite twist on the quintessential summertime fruit. You might even sell more of these than lemonade!
When it’s a scorcher, these Frozen Fruit Kabobs at Super Healthy Kids hit the spot. These are made with strawberries, bananas, and grapes, but you can use any fruit that your kids love — melon, pineapple, peaches. Skip the chocolate if you think it’ll get too messy.
Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins | One Hungry Mama
The Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins at One Hungry Mama found in our round up of easy homemade vacation snacks are perfect for a lemonade stand. Just make sure the kids — or you — don’t eat them all first.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Jam Thumbprints | Noshing With the Nolands
No bake cookies! All of these delicious no-bake cookie recipes are perfect for summer, but my eye is on the No-Bake Peanut Butter Jam Thumbprints at Noshing With the Nolands. You’ll need a couple of hours for these to chill, but I bet the kids can charge a little extra for these beauties. Just consider keeping them separate from your nut-free offerings and making a sign explaining that they’re made with peanut butter — just in case.
As much as I love a kitchen project with the kids, a lot of lemonade stands are impromptu. When that’s the case, I like the free lemonade stand printables and DIY goldfish cups at Embellish are the perfect solution. All you need are some cupcake liners and little hands to fill them with savory snacks. These little cups are the perfect — and easiest — way to add extra flair to your stand.