While I'm relaxing on the beach with my family this week, I'm thrilled to have Carissa from GoodNCrazy here.
Carissa has created a summer GoodNCrazy series: HELP! My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy! With ideas from friends, fellow bloggers and her own kids. Please help me welcome Carissa to ASPTL!
Lemonade Stand: Kids Give
What could be better than a summer lemonade stand?
Fun for the kids, fun for the grown-ups (to watch) and when there are yummy cookies for sale.. it's win-win for EVERYone! Bonus: great answer to "What can I do Mom, I'm bored?"
And how about this!?
- HOW to plan— the kids have to decide what to make, what day to run the sale-and what time of day brings the most customers (lunchtime? or rush hour?), and where to donate the cash.
- Baking—each week they choose a new recipe for an easy baked good to make and sell.
- MATH— they get to count the loot at the end of the day, calculate how much they need to use to purchase new supplies (I know I'm mean huh? I make them work this like a business, I donate the first week's supplies... but the rest are theirs to purchase), then at the end of the summer they determine how much they made total for their charity!
- Entrepreneurship— it takes guts to flag down your neighbors and sell your goods to them. What if they don't like the cookies? What if they don't want to pay? How to talk to people who buy lemonade, can you convince them to purchase a cookie or two?!
- Philanthropy— there are a lot of places to donate money. But the whys and hows are interesting for kids to learn about too. We chose Share Our Strength because the charity is all about making sure children get enough food to eat. What charity would your kids choose?
Soft and chewy... and almost completely made by the kids! See the recipe for these yummies at CandH Sugar.
There are a lot of ways kids can earn money. They can collect soda cans and redeem them. Or mow neighbor's lawns, if not old enough for that, they can offer to weed or rake. They can do mom-jobs around the house. Things that aren't on their normal chore list. Like tidying up the garage, or cleaning out the fridge? What other ideas can you and your kids come up with to clear some cash to contribute to a good cause?
Thanks for filling in for me today, Carissa! Join Carissa for her summer beat the boredom series...topics include:
*Kids in the Kitchen
*Kid Friendly Crafts
*LOOOOONG road trips
*Summertime Reading with Kids
*Eat Your Veggies
*Sneaking in Summertime Reading
Don't forget! Thursday is DIY Day on ASPTL!
I'll put the post up at 11:00pm tonight, so have your posts ready to go!