Lemonade Stand Game:
A Lemonade Business
Without the Mess!

Are you and the kids looking for a way to get business basics from a kids lemonade stand without actually having to set one up and run it? A virtual lemonade stand game can be a great option. Not only does it keep the mess and cost down, it can also be done any time of year in any location.



lemonade stand game reviews

There are a variety of choices in to find a free lemonade stand game. Here is an overview of the best ones I have found. If you have one that you have tried and loved (or not), share your thoughts here.

Online lemonade stand games
Coolmath-games Lemonade Stand is a newer version of a kids lemonade stand math game with some great added features that the original game (which can be found at a number of other sites) didn't. The details below are based on this newer version, and I recommend using that because the new features really make for a better lemonade business experience.

    Pros:
  • Clear inputs for pricing of your lemonade and how many cups you will make.
  • Allows you to choose how much to charge per cup (which you can change during the day and from day to day)
  • Running budget that you have to stay within so that you can't buy inventory you can't really afford
  • Gives weather forecast in advance to allow for price adjustment as well as inventory purchases (so the lemons don't spoil or the ice melts)
  • Daily reports on how much you lemonade was made, what was sold and whether there was a net profit
  • Time frame option for 7, 14 or 30 days. That means that kids can fully complete their lemonade business and not just look at daily reports before they lose interest.
    Cons
  • No advertising budget to consider
  • Wider number of variables may not be the best fit for younger kids

The ClassBrain.com's lemonade stand game doesn't include all the variables of buying inventory that the one from coolmath-games does. However, this can be a good option for younger kids who may not be quite ready to manage all the different options.

    Pros:
  • Minimal inputs for advertising, pricing of your lemonade and how many cups you will make.
  • Provides cost per cup (which may vary from day to day)
  • Allows you to determine price per cup for sale (which you can change each day based on weather and cost per cup)
  • Running budget that you have to stay within so that you can't buy inventory or advertising you can't really afford
  • Gives weather forecast via a TV screen and newspaper headline along with the option to not try to sell anything some days if the weather is cold and rainy
  • Daily reports on how much you lemonade was made, what was sold and whether there was a net profit
    Cons
  • Overall timeframe of 30 days can get old since you are largely watching the same activity, but you can get the feel for running a business just by looking at the daily reports. And stop playing at any time.
  • Limited number of variables may not be the best option for older kids

The last entry into the online lemonade stand game review is School Time Game's Lemonade Stand.

This lemonade stand game includes the choices of purchasing products along with the weather and pricing similar to the coolmath-games version. The pros and cons are similar to that game as well although this one only allows for a 30-day version. Be sure to read the instructions so you can understand the icons on the screen during the day (as well as the hint on adjusting your recipe).

    Pros:
  • Clear inputs for pricing of your lemonade and how many cups you will make.
  • Allows you to determine price per cup for sale (which you can change each day based on weather and customer feedback if too expensive)
  • Running budget that you have to stay within so that you can't buy inventory or you can't really afford
  • Gives weather forecast in advance to allow for price adjustment as well as inventory purchases (so the lemons don't spoil or the ice melts)
  • Daily reports on how much you lemonade was made, what was sold and whether there was a net profit
    Cons
  • No advertising budget
  • Playing full game length of 30 days can make the game seem to drag on. You can get the feel for running a business just by looking at the daily reports. And stop playing at any time.
  • Wider number of variables may not be suitable for younger kids

I have found that any of these games are a good introduction to the lemonade business and to basic business concepts in general. With the time frames involved as well as all the variables (vs. just a 2-hour time period at the end of your driveway), they can give kids some idea of the variables involved in running a business. Try one or a couple of them out and let others know what you think by submitting your thoughts below.

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