A lemonade stand is like a rite of passage for a kid. I always thought lemonade stands were kind of symbolic of the great American Dream; an opportunity to pursue happiness and prosperity…the ability we all possess to turn lemons into lemonade.
My kids found a photo of a $200.00 prebuilt lemonade stand in a magazine. Grandiose toys like these have a way of taking on a new life as a really expensive clothes rack. And I don’t need a really expensive clothes rack, so I put this one together using some old wooden crates, a piece of scrap wood and some craft papers.
Supplies for the stand:
4 wooden crates (AC Moore has them, and they go on sale every few weeks)
Clamps (if you have them)
Piece of scrap wood, cut to size
2 screws and bolts
I made this basic “stand”, which can be easily adapted to suit an assortment of different pretend activities such as lemonade stands, ice cream shops, tool benches and farmers markets. I made the stand very simple, so that it can be re-used as a storage center when not in use.
1. Glue the crates together with a heavy-duty wood glue. Clamp or weigh them down to let dry.
2. staple them together. (Make sure the staples are long enough to go through both crates.
3. Place the top piece of scrap wood on top. ( I had a piece of white particle board that I used).
4. Pre-drill holes and secure to the top of the crates. You could use glue here, too.
I made a few different signs out of a cereal box, some scrapbook paper and a pipe cleaner.
Convert it to an Ice Cream Shop!
I got the idea to use pom-poms for ice cream from www.smallpotatoes.com
When they are done playing with it, it can be used as a storage shelf. I keep mine on the deck for outside toys.