My oldest son has been moving a pile of scrap wood around our backyard for about a week. He keeps telling me that he’s going to build a tree fort. Here’s the thing, there’s not enough wood to build a fort. One afternoon while he was moving that wood (two long 2 x 4’s, a couple of short 2 x 4’s, and one rectangular piece of plywood), I realized that although he couldn't build a fort with that wood, he could build a lemonade stand (same thing, right?). At least he could use his profits to buy more wood to build a tree fort.
With this epiphany, we recruited our crafty and fun neighbors, and what seemed like a little lemonade stand project quickly spiraled into a community service project, five days of crafts, baking, selling, and a neighborhood fort fund.
Day One: Build
There was absolutely no plan when it came to building the lemonade stand. We pretty much worked with the existing pieces we had and winged it.