Do warmer summer temperatures conjure up memories of making a lemonade stand when you were a kid? It sure does for me. I can remember setting up lemonade stands with my brothers…making our pitcher of lemonade (and making a mess in the kitchen no doubt) dragging our table down to the curb, coloring signs and posters to announce our stand, waving at passers by and asking them to stop… and how excited we were when someone stopped to buy a cup from us. We were thrilled when the coins dropped into our coffee can collection box. Sometimes, we used a shoe box, covered with construction paper and a slot cut into the top. The coffee can made a better noise! Lemonade stands may be popping up in your communities now that the weather is warmer. Not much has changed. Maybe signs are made on the computer instead of crayons, construction paper and a great imagination. The lemonade is made from a powder mix not fresh lemons and sugar. However, the joy and excited expressions on kids’ faces as they wave and encourage “customers” stop to purchase a cup of lemonade are pretty much just as they were when I was a kid. Thinking about it brings a smile to my face!
Now you and your 18″ dolls may want to create a lemonade stand too. Using SF-CTC, our doll sized wooden concession stand and lemonade set for 18inch dolls, JL-LSS, you, your friends and their American Girl dolls can set up a lemonade stand anytime during the year. The lemonade set comes complete with a bowl of lemons, a pitcher full of icy lemonade (without the mess!) 4 tall glasses of lemonade with striped straws, a stirring spoon, napkins, serving tray and table cloth.
This weekend, June 10-12, celebrates Alex’s Lemonade Days. In 2000, Alexandra Scott, (1996-2004) a then 4 year old from Philadelphia, who was herself battling cancer, wanted to raise money to cure childhood cancer by selling lemonade. Alex’s first lemonade stand was the start of a national movement through ALSF, (Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation,) the Foundation that bears her name. You may have participated in an Alex’s Lemonade Stand, or purchased lemonade from an Alex’s Lemonade stand you passed. The bright yellow color and smiles on the faces of the folks that volunteer are electric and full of hope. To help create some additional fun for you and your dolls and to also bring awareness to Alex’s Lemonade Stands, we have a new printable activity to enjoy. Easy to print, cut and decorate, this printable includes two doll sized placemats and a lemonade stand banner. Have fun decorating these and creating your own special lemonade stand.
We hope your weekend is full of lemonade and love.