For many children, setting up shop on hot day and selling ice cold lemonade is a summertime rite of passage. A lemonade stand is a taste of classic summer fun, but it also provides plenty of learning opportunities for little ones - from making and measuring the tart, tasty drink to earning, handling and saving money.

Building a lemonade stand can be a fun DIY project for the family. baystateparent Creative Director Paula Ethier created ours with a few simple crates and less than $50. Easy to assemble, the most time consuming part of this project was waiting for the paint to dry! This sturdy little stand can also double as a vegetable booth, outdoor counter, or plant rack.

Bonus: When you're done using it, you can take the stand apart and reuse the crates!

Here's What You'll Need: 3 wooden crates (our were 18x12x10 inches) 2 square wooden dowels (ours were ½ inch square balsa wood) Spray paint/primer combo; color of your choice White string Paper banners and clothespins 2 tacks Hammer and 8 nails or drill and 8 screws

Here's How To Make It: Spray paint the crates and dowels (it may take two coats) and allow to dry completely. Lay two of the crates their sides next to each other, with the openings facing opposite directions. Attach with nails or screws, in two places. (Make sure nails or screws are short enough that they don't poke through, which could be sharp and dangerous.) Place the third crate on top of the base, lining it up with one of the crates but with its opening facing the opposite direction. Attach with nails or screws, in two places. Attach the dowels, with nails or screws, to back of the crates; one on each side. We used two screws to hold each dowel in place. Attach string to the top of the rods with the tacks. Decorate with paper banners to your liking, using mini clothespins to hang from the string.

Cute Ideas For You Lemonade Stand

-Use the crate openings to hold things like a bowl of lemons, a jar of fun paper straws, a chalkboard or sign, etc.

-Don't just limit yourself to lemonade. Consider adding other tasty treats to the menu like cookies, rice krispie treats, or brownies.

-Ditch the pitcher to save on spills. A dispenser with a spout is much easier for kids to handle, or to allow customers to serve themselves.

-Children can make their stand their own by drawing a menu or even painting designs on paper cups.

-Add garnish options! Put out bowls with sliced lemons, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries for customers to add to their cups.

Lemonade Recipes

Keep it classic or try something new.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Ingredients: 1 ½ cups sugar ½ cup boiling water 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 5 cups cold water Lemon slices for garnish Instructions:

Combine sugar and boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water; mix well. Chill. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Strawberry Lemonade

Prepare Old-Fashioned Lemonade recipe. Puree 2 cups strawberries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a blender, then strain to remove seeds. Stir puree into lemonade until well combined. Serve over ice.

Honey Limeade

Ingredients: 2/3 cup sugar ½ cup boiling water 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice 4 ½ cups cold water Lime slices for garnish Instructions:

Combine sugar, boiling water and honey; stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add lime juice and cold water; mix well. Chill. Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices.