For many children, selling lemonade from a stand is a summer rite of passage—a chance to earn some pocket money, spend time outside, and perhaps learn a lesson about entrepreneurship. It doesn't require an elaborate set of plans or involved construction; in fact, with some colored paper, string, and a set of posts, you can build a perfectly functional and eye-catching lemonade stand.
Any neighborhood lemonade stand needs its complementary product, and even though there are many brands of lemonade on the market, the stand will be best served by the homemade variety that's simple to make in your own kitchen. For a recipe, try Martha's Extra-Lemony Lemonade, which uses the fruit in three ways: its juice, fresh slices, and a syrup cooked with the rinds. Kids can sell their lemonade for 50 cents a glass, along with a plate full of delicious Fourth of July krispie treats.