Get Ready, Get Set, Squeeze!

K, 1, 2

As a group, the young people and their families make all the preparations for the lemonade sale, including making posters and advertising in creative ways. The posters communicate about the purpose for the sale and the impact they hope to make. The children prepare the lemonade for the sale and review coin recognition and counting skills before the sale. 

PrintOne 45-Minute Session, plus time for the lemonade stand
  • Follow directions
  • Make posters that communicate purpose and place
  • Make and sell lemonade, including making change
  • lemonade recipe and the needed supplies for the sale
  • cash box
  • pitchers, spoons, measuring cups and spoons
  • family volunteers


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Review the purpose for the lemonade sale, which includes addressing the need and being philanthropists by giving treasure for the common good. 

  2. Determine the cost of a cup of lemonade by tallying up your costs and dividing by the number of cups you'll sell. Make sure there is a profit.

    Give children a variety of coins to practice counting values and making combinations that equal the value of the cup of lemonade. 

  3. Talk about what should be on the posters advertising the sale, including location, purpose, cost, and times. Brainstorm with the children ways to get the word out and who can help them share the news. People will want to help if they know it is for a good cause, so when they are making posters, that should be clear through words and pictures. 

  4. Allow time for children to make posters to advertise for their lemonade stand. Make sure the information is copied accurately. Help the children display their posters and deliver them to the determined locations. 

  5. Follow the recipe decided upon to make the lemonade for the sale. This will work well in small groups with family volunteers overseeing each group.

  6. Assign which jobs they will each do during the sale (cashier, sellers, squeezers, etc.) and practice.

  7. Carry out the sale! The sale can be repeated as many times as needed to meet goals. This may actually take place over several weeks.

  8. Involve the children in counting the money and determining the donation totals. Discuss the method for donating the money to the identified nonprofit. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark E.2 Evaluate progress on the service-learning project before, during, and after the project.
      2. Benchmark E.3 Identify outcomes from the service.